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One problem with traditional dating siteslike eHarmony and Match, is that they don't contain appropriate for trans personals. And if they do, often the labels are still not wholly inclusive. Instead looking at dating sites deed specifically for finding local transgender individuals can yield more lucrative .

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On top of that, many trans men and women are fetishized on popular dating websites and treated as sex objects. These apps are generally a much safer place for transgender singles to find love. Okay, Butterfly is undoubtedly one of the best dating apps for transgender men and women, as well as non-binary people and others. While most the user base is cis, there are features built in to protect transgender people online.

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Janelle Villapando has been swiping left and right for years and in that time, she's noticed a few patterns among the men she meets.

By Janelle Villapando. Washboard-Abs-No-Face and unsolicited dick pics that most women, unfortunately, receive. But searching for Mr. Right as a transgender woman I was born male, but identify and present as female adds a whole new dimension to digital dating. As a year-old grad starting a career in fashion and hopefully, one day, my own size-inclusive clothing lineI am drawn to guys who are funny and ambitious. In terms of looks, I prefer taller guys.

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There have also been many documented cases of trans women being hurt and sometimes even killed when they disclose their status to transphobic men that found them attractive, so being completely transparent is also a way of protecting myself from potentially dangerous situations. I usually get very forward messages from guys who just want me for my body. They view me as exotic, a kink, something new to try. But I finally reached my limit when one of my dates bumped into someone he knew when we were together.

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His silence told me exactly how much I meant to him. After realizing that I deserved so much better and was wasting my time with these guys, I stopped giving them attention. After one too many encounters with men who were fetishizing me, I started to spend time on guys who actually wanted to get to know me.

These are men who find me attractive, but are initially hesitant because of my trans-ness. One guy in particular seemed to really like me. We vibed well and there was sexual tension building during our dates.

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Then poof, he was gone. I had another similar experience on a first date where a man greeted me, hugged me, then said he left something in his car. After a couple of minutes, I got a text from him while waiting alone at our table that said he had to leave because my transgender status was giving him anxiety. After that, I stopped chasing guys who were too concerned about their feelings to even think about mine. Thanks to Tinder, profile pictures say more than a thousand words—and actual words seem to be irrelevant on our profiles.

While most people only consider the profile pic before swiping right or left, for me, the text on my profile is crucial.

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I get plenty of matches on Tinder, but within 24 hours around half of them un-match or block me after reading my profile. However, I recently went on a date with a guy who was tall, handsome, funny and had his shit relatively together.

We met in the late afternoon and enjoyed our frozen yogurt in perfect patio weather. It was going really well! At the end of the date, our first kiss quickly turned into a handsy makeout session in the backseat of my car.

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Instead, he looked at me with a blank face. He started yelling that I never told him.

I responded saying it was all over my OkCupid profile, which it turns out he never read. I sat in the back seat of my car in complete shock.

In that moment, I was mostly concerned about my safety. I stayed in my back seat for probably five minutes to make sure he was gone. When I got back into the front seat to drive home, I still felt uneasy. I touched up my makeup, reapplied my lipstick and put the car in drive. Once I got out of the area I started processing what had happened.

I knew that it was all going too well for him to even be interested in me. Plus, what if the perfect guy slides into my DM, right?

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By Janelle Villapando Date January 3, Facebook Twitter. Photo courtesy of Janelle Villapando As a transgender woman, my relationship with online dating is complicated to say the least.

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The guy who sees me as a fetish I usually get very forward messages from guys who just want me for my body. The guy who ignores the not-so fine print Thanks to Tinder, profile pictures say more than a thousand words—and actual words seem to be irrelevant on our profiles.

Screenshot courtesy of Janelle Villapando However, I recently went on a date with a guy who was tall, handsome, funny and had his shit relatively together. Apple App Store. Joseph Media All Rights Reserved.