Ariel Hawkins is a man who identifies as a transgender woman who claims his Tinder account was found in violation of the app’s terms of service and subsequently deleted after he updated his bio to add “camgirl on the side. Pre-op trans woman.” He filed a lawsuit against Tinder in Multnomah County District Court, seeking a court order “prohibiting Tinder to continue discriminating against non-cisgender Oregon users.”
Although Hawkins claims he did not post any content that “solicited money from users,” announcing that one is a “camgirl on the side” is arguably an attempt to gain business. Tinder did not disclose which terms of service Hawkins allegedly violated.
According to a Tinder spokesperson:
“While we do not comment on pending litigation, we can say, categorically, that we do not ban users from Tinder due to gender identity. At Tinder, we fundamentally believe that gender is not binary and we support inclusivity and acceptance of all people, which is why we offer more than 37 gender identity options for our users in the United States.”