Sapiosexual? OkCupid expands options available to members for sexual orientation and gender

Currently appears options are only available to members

Rose Troup Buchanan
Monday 17 November 2014 12:25 GMT
OkCupid has expanded its sexual orientation and gender options
OkCupid has expanded its sexual orientation and gender options

Online dating website OkCupid has greatly expanded to members the options on gender and sexuality.

Previously OkCupid, which has more than 3.5 million users worldwide, only allowed users to declare themselves either male or female and chose from gay, straight or bisexual as their sexual orientation.

The dating site now offers users a fuller list of possible sexual orientations, including: asexual, demisexual, heteroflexible, homoflexible, pansexual, queer, questioning and sapiosexual (an individual who finds intelligence to be the most important sexual trait).

Users reported to being sent a message notifying them of the change: “You’re part of a select group with access to this feature,” it reads. “Keep in mind as we continue to work on this feature: For now, editing your gender and orientation is only supported on the desktop site.”

In addition, the gender options available have also been hugely expanded.

In addition to Woman or Man, users can choose from agender, androgynous, cis man, cis woman, genderfluid, gender nonconforming, hjra, intersex, trans man, trans woman and two spirit.

OkCupid has not yet confirmed whether these changes will be permanent or when they will be rolled out to all users.

The news comes amid recent changes on Facebook, which has also expanded its gender and gender-neutral family options.

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