anuary 7 was a cold morning in Massachusetts, but my heart was warm when I woke up.Grabbing my phone, I tapped over to Google Play and set about downloading Thurst, the long-anticipated “dating app for queer people of all genders,” which I’d been waiting for since its announcement in 2015.
The past few updates have removed almost all the roadblocks keeping the app from being usable, and I’ve started what I hope will be a wonderful flirtation with someone I met on launch day (who, it turns out, is an adorable redhead).
It’s not uncommon for trans people to flee to the most popular of queer dating apps: Grindr.
But while transmasculine folks are well served by the app’s devotion to guy-on-guy action, it’s far less palatable to exist there as a transfeminine person.
With a fully customizable field for gender identity and a wider selection of sexual orientations than any other dating app, Thurst promised to be an invaluable resource.
The install completed, and I opened the app, eager to see the UI that had taken so long to perfect.
We were able to reach this stage, though imperfect, on donations and many months of labor on our own.