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As a designer, it has also shaped Morgan’s understanding of empathy and their calling in life in the technology world.
Developing something so deeply impactful for queer and trans people has made them realize it is their job to make this world more inclusive and accepting of all bodies, genders, sexualities, and expressions.
It occurred to me that most people don't take the numbers game into account when it comes to dating queerly.
The CDC estimates that around 4 percent of the population is LGB- or "something else"-identified.
“You can exist in someone else’s issue, their livelihood, the things that they struggle with, and then work with them to rebuild that world, that space, to better cater to everyone.
We want to make it easier for people to find their people — whether it’s love, in community, or simply through friendship.” Learn more about Thurst and the mission behind it on its website, and to hear more about Adobe’s own diversity and inclusion policies, supporting and protecting the LGBT community, visit our diversity and inclusion portal.
And once straight people become their majority market, the app becomes myopically geared towards straight people, thereby diluting its usefulness to the people who arguably have a greater need for it in the first place.
To ensure this feeling to safety and security remains the case, Thurst has a zero tolerance policy for any form of harassment, whatsoever.
It also prioritizes privacy in ways other dating apps do not — all information is encrypted and inaccessible to third-parties and marketing agencies.
There’s a lot of violence in having to label yourself as someone who you aren’t,” they added.
Since launching, Morgen says Thurst has received tons of feedback from people who have felt, for the first time, that they had an online platform where they could be themselves.