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"Everyone is welcome on Tinder."

That's the message Tinder announced Tuesday after sharing that users can now choose a gender they identify with most, and it doesn't have to be "male" or female."

"Starting today, no matter how you identify, you can express your authentic self on Tinder," the company said in a blog post. "We haven't had the right tools to serve our diverse community in the past, but that changes today."

Effective immediately, the app's users can choose the gender they most identify with, including trans male or trans female.

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Under settings, users can pick male, female, or "more." Under more, they can search the gender of their choosing.

"Every new person in your life expands your horizons in some way," the blog continued. "Inclusion and acceptance drive this expansion, and we want Tinder to reflect the world that surrounds us every day." 

The changes come after the app faced criticism for the treatment of trans users.

Many reported that the app banned them, or allowed other users to ban them. 

They committed to changing after the swiping trans community called them out. In the blog post, Tinder said they sought guidance from GLAAD's Transgender Media Program, and filmmaker and trans advocate Andrea James.

The app even went a step further by providing instructions on how those unrightfully banned could re-join:

We know that we haven't been perfect in the past. If you believe you were ever wrongfully removed from Tinder because another user reported you unfairly due to your gender, we want to invite you back to our platform. Simply send an email to with a link to your Facebook profile. Our team will review your request and work to grant you access to Tinder.

The change itself, however, isn't a surprise. 

Tinder CEO Sean Rad alerted users at the Code Conference last June that they planned to make this update.

"For a long time we haven't done enough to give them a good experience," Rad said at the event. "It's harder for them to get what they are looking for. We have to modify our experience to address that."

And modify they did. 

It's too early to tell what the experience will be like with more genders, but Sol Soloman, a trans woman and college student who Tinder banned long ago, hoped for more options. 

"If you could select different genders, then people who aren't aware or are transphobic could just pick one gender, as opposed to the 58 available options" Solomon told Business Insider at the time.

Here's to Tinder for listening, and the trans community who are going to have a lot of swiping to do!