Tinder on Tuesday announced an update to its popular dating app that welcomes transgender and gender non-conforming users.

“Starting today, no matter how you identify, you can express your authentic self on Tinder,” the company said in announcing the change.

“No one will ever be banned from Tinder because of their gender. We haven't had the right tools to serve our diverse community in the past, but that changes today. In addition to this new feature, we are learning to be a better ally to transgender and gender non-conforming communities by allocating additional resources to our support team, which includes our staff about the challenges facing these communities,” the company added.

Tinder developed the changes with help from GLAAD's Transgender Media Program team and transgender consultant Andrea James.

“It sends a strong message of acceptance when a platform like Tinder clearly tells its users that transgender people are welcome,” said Nick Adams, director of GLAAD's Transgender Media Program. “Trans people who use Tinder are, like all other users, looking to form relationships and find the right match. Tinder's update allows trans users to be themselves on the platform, and makes it clear that Tinder is committed to inclusion. This update reflects a growing awareness that trans people are part of the fabric of everyday life, which in turn, accelerates acceptance for transgender and gender non-conforming people.”

Prior to Tuesday's update, users had only two genders to pick from: man or woman.