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Additionally, you will have the to upgrade your Passions Network account (if you would like). There are over 260 niche dating sites within Passions Network and members interested in access to all sites in the network can upgrade to ‘Network Wide Access’ for a one time payment of .95. The other Mesh founders, who are straight men, agreed. As soon as I explained to them why it was important, they got it,” Sleidi said.Mesh, which is in pre-beta, allows users to identify as male, female, transman, transwoman, or non-binary—a person who doesn't identify as male or female.Like OKCupid, Mesh has an algorithm that helps determine compatibility. If you specify characteristics or preferences you don’t want potential dates to have (Republican, vegan, straight), Mesh will block those people from seeing your profile.On Mesh, people only see a trans person’s profile if they’ve already indicated they’re open to dating transgender people.This has the potential to make online dating more thorough and more fruitful, but safety and acceptance for trans people who date online may take more than an algorithm.As La Mon noted, it all comes down to “the age-old question of when you disclose” your transgender identity.
From the beginning, she knew it was important to allow people to identify as queer and transgender in their profiles.
Categories for sexual orientation are straight, gay, bisexual, or queer.
Users can also tell Mesh if they are interested in meeting men, women, or everyone.
Colleen, who asked that we not use her real name, is a 30-year-old transgender woman who has been dating online since she was a teenager.
She's in a monogamous relationship now, but before she fell in love she had an OKCupid profile that identified her as a straight woman.