By Sandra Rose  | 


A male-to-female transgender is suing the dating app Tinder for discriminating against transgender people in the Portland, Oregon area.

Ariel Hawkins, who was born a biological male, claims in a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, that the company sent him an email saying he violated its terms after Hawkins edited his profile to disclose that he was a pre-op transgender.

Hawkins says Tinder immediately deleted his account. The lawsuit says the company didn't explain the violation in the email.

Hawkins tells TMZ that Tinder is trying to save its brand. Hawkins says, "I don't think the company understands trans people and they don't appreciate how we may represent ourselves".

Hawkins said Tinder is trying to remove trans people altogether.

Unlike Tinder -- which caters exclusively to heterosexuals -- the gay dating app Grindr boasts over 1 million LGBT subscribers. Grindr recently relaxed its restrictions against transgender individuals, allowing them full access to the dating app.

Hawkins said he uses Tinder -- rather than Grindr -- to "find love," probably because Grindr is a sex hookup app.

Hawkins said Tinder "refuses to provide transgender individuals full and equal access to its app".

In the lawsuit, filed by Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas, Hawkins is asking a judge for an order prohibiting Tinder from discriminating against non-cisgender Oregon users.

  • mark1984

    somethings are for real women only as for somethings are for real men with ..respect and appreciate you but the reality is you ARE NOT A WOMAN

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    I'm tired of the LGBT movement fighting for nonsense.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Transgender people will always be what God created not what they made themselves into.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Umm Tinda aint an all hetro nathan.. I know quite a few of my frans who found "love" on that site who are gay..I think the problem may have been placing yourself in the woman category seeking men. Bet money someone can sue Tinder if they come across a trans claiming full woman stating that they were decieved into believing that the women section were all biowomen..

  • Roxie Moxie

    Is it me or do you all have to slow down and read carefully to understand what is going on when it comes to articles/stories about transgender male who turned female, but wanted a baby with his girlfriend who is also transgender from female to male but she still has her ovaries. GOOD LAWD!!!

    I quit! I ain't got time. Oh well...I don't care much for these LMNOP lookin' a**es.

  • Candance

    Tinder is trying to keep her alive....

  • Ni Ni

    Pandora's box...too bad we can't close it.

  • Blue

    Did this site switch to a Trans blog .. cause everyday on here ... ?

  • Ni Ni

    Its not just you. They're already confused and just by reading about their confusion, we end up confused, smh. I dont care anymore, I've checked out ?.

  • klwbaby

    If Ariel violated their terms, then shouldn't that be the end of the story. There are plenty of dating sites that Ariel could go to.

  • C Mack

    Tinder is for gay and straight people. There’s an option to change your preference. Who told you it’s exclusive to heterosexuals? Might wanna fact check


    Omg get real go use a gay app! What's next Straight people suing to use gay apps?????

  • Guest©

    Im going to sue Grindr for being a gay app. Why are heterosexuals excluded from joining?!? This is how you balance the playing field.

  • KcoolMuziq
  • Guest©

    Confusion is the key word. Guess who is NOT the author of confusion....

  • Ni Ni

    I wanted type that, but didnt feel like arguing with the blog heathens ?.

  • Vonn

    Maybe they don't like him as a person. Does he have proof that they have discriminated against other trans folks?

  • Roxie Moxie

    LOL....I wouldn't waste my time, either. lol

  • Rayscoty

    She drive lyft to meet her dates and make a coin

  • Guest©

    Lol, facts are facts but I understand. ???? @ heathens.

  • Libra80sBaby

    *Currently thinking of something, anything I can sue for*
    Hell, I need coinage too!

  • Vicki White

    Then he gonna want to sue when one of those str8 males beat his azz to China for lying. Go somewhere and lay down.

  • splackers

    She should try a site dedicated to trans dating like or The straight sites have shown they aren't the best place for trans people to try and find love.

  • Guest©

    Lmao at coinage. Join me in my lawsuit against Grindr. More litigants means more media coverage.?????

  • nick c

    Mark Geragos is an educated street hooker is there anything you cant pay him to do? Is he admitted in every state BAR?

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Right? Trying to pull the wool over some straight guy's eyes.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Well they might as well file a suit against my black arse too and I am admitting that I don't want them things in my circle of events either.!! Now pass that along!

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy??

    The sick SOB is mad Tinder won't allow HIM to trick men. There are plenty of outlets dedicated to people like him, but he'd rather pretend to be a biological woman and hit on straight men. Since in his mind he is a woman and non gay men should want him.

  • Guest

    That's funny coming from a WHITE man pretending to be a black man.Yes it is true they are NOT women, vice versa.

  • Sid

    I cannot get over TS Madison and Khia . Khia read was epic. When she said sewer hole,the most ugliest laugh came out.

  • Guess Who

    This shyt again...

  • Scorpiess

    How could you possibly know lol?

  • Scorpiess

    A good flood should do the trick.

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_
  • Renee26

    He disclosed being trans though lol he was being upfront

  • mark1984

    no its sad and foolish your attempt. I am 100percent male and black not that my race matters in giving an opinion...

  • Ni Ni


  • Blak

    why doesn't he go on grinder or some other side for the mentally ill? No one has time or care for this bs

  • Anunnaki

    What i dont get is how you just gonna create a whole new species. U people new psychological help. Next it will be trees asking to be flowers,CAUSE they dont like their rough edges, computers gonna be asking to be laptops, they dont feel flexible enuff...I CANT, ?

  • Michelle

    You have to agree to the terms and conditions before your account is officially created, so once you check that box (that you never actually read) it’s a wrap. Do what they say or get deleted

  • Quitedeliteful

    Why in the world would he want to be on a site that doesn't cater to trannies? I'm sure there are sites specifically for chicks-with-dycks and the guys who love them... I hope this lawsuit gets thrown out.

  • Kayke

    Teeheehee ?

  • Kayke

    Like Dave C.'s a think because yt men want it.

  • Kayke

    Lmao @ chicks-with-dycks and the guys who love them.

  • i troll it like i see it

    Isn't it better that people were allowed to be honest though? If I were talking to a man I'd want to know he used to be a woman, so I could politely decline. There are probably plenty of trans people on the site they just haven't said anything.

  • Quitedeliteful


  • Guest©

    No more water, fire next time.

  • Guest©
  • Guest©

    If I've observed anything about the lgbtqxyz community is that they prefer battles, drama and confusion. Peace is not something "they" prefer, smh.

  • Quitedeliteful


  • Guest©

    This is not about sexuality but gender. This person does not want to disclose they are a trans woman, smh.

  • Coffee1st

    I saw that.
    Really couldn't believe he sed it.

  • Kayke

    Dave has been talking like he has no more pH ooks to give. I've just been picking up the gems he drops.

  • Allihave2say

    From what I see a lot of these people have entitlement issues, they need acceptance and force people to give it via shame or lawsuits.

  • Allihave2say

    In his mind he knows damn well he isn't a woman. He forces others to accept his delusions by legal recourse so he feels validated. He deceives himself everyday when he wakes up and lays down, he thinks since he fooled himself with makeup, long hair and add-ons that the masses can be fooled as well.

  • Allihave2say

    Just like no one has the right to tell him how to live his life he shouldn't have the right to tell others how to make their money. Period.

    When I heard in the 80's that Gloria Vanderbilt didn't make her clothes for black women, my black ass didn't buy them. Same with Tommy He'llfinger.

  • Allihave2say

    Messing with the wrong we'll hear about her being called mincemeat. Some men don't do well with that level of deception. The reality is M2F genetically is still a man, regardless of appearance or delusions. The gender box needs to be marked as male.

  • Allihave2say

    Narcissistic attention seekers.

  • Allihave2say

    He can pass as Kendall Jenner.

  • C Mack

    I wasn’t responding to that part

  • kennedy220

    I'm gay....we have grindr...sure it's known as a hookup app but you use it how you like it...there are NSA, FWB, and people looking for stick and stay on there...stop trying to make an app that caters to homosexuals your place. The trans are even upset that RuPaul doesn't want trans on a show for men that identify as men but like to dress in drag. He wants it so bad then start an app for men looking for Trans people. And i'm taking off my pic so that when i get famous no one will come and use this against me....asking for my apologies

  • kennedy220

    as a gay man..i hope it gets thrown out...there places that welcome the trans community where they can find love

  • MRiGOThim

    Why do us gays get mad when a company doesn't cater to our lifestyle get over it. We have grindr, scruff, bgc, adultspace, & a whole host of other apps to use:P

  • Guest©

    Bingo, smh.

  • Guest©


  • MistaO

    ???gay gay gay, trans trans trans, on and on, just tired of it all???

  • Quitedeliteful

    That's what I say!! No shade to the trans but damn!!! Everything ain't for everybody.

  • Coffee1st

    I respect him and I know he's talented - he's just not my kind of funny. But I will listen to him, he's smart.

  • Look@m3

    Dang, I didn't know yawl had all that!!! Yawl got about the same or even more than we do...

  • Karen Brady


  • Kayke

    He's not frivolously funny like he was before. I feel all his jokes now come with some sort of "ponder on that for a moment" aspect but I like it because that's where I am in my life.

  • Trace da Ace

    oh zero fuks for this...

  • Floriduhh Evans

    But Tinder is hook up app too I don’t get it...

  • MRiGOThim

    Yes, indeed so if her anyone of those pings from any str8 dudes cellphone u know the deal :P