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So, once two people swipe right, and mutually opt to initiate a connection, they’re added to each other’s “hive” of connections. You can extend the connection for an additional 24 hours.

But—here’s the catch—the woman has to say something within the first 24 hours or the connection disappears. Score goes beyond the shallowness of photos and half-assed bios.

“Thurst pretty much came out of a frustrated conversation with friends, joking about how horrible OKCupid was, for queer folks in general but especially for women and trans folks,” Thurst Co-Founder Morgen Bromell told me.

I’ve reached out to both Tinder and Hinge about safeguards for trans people using their apps and why they don’t offer other ways for people to express their genders.

I’ll update this story if I hear back from Tinder and Hinge.

“Our main focus is pretty much security and safety,” said Bromell.

“We’re really working on harassment policies to create features that protect users from being tracked or stalked, or being put in a dangerous situation when they meet in person.

“Some of the questions we ask you are your favorite time of day to work out and your average frequency of workouts per week, and behind the scenes we use those calculations to make some guesses about your overall lifestyle and offer good quality options." Obviously attraction and compatability don't work like an equation, so people who work out four times a week shouldn’t match with others solely based on the fact they also work out four times a week.

You’ll also display your favorite type of workout (running, Cross Fit, yoga, etc.) as an indicator of your interests, too.

Don’t worry, just like college, you can do extra credit to improve your grades, and you’ll even get a warning if you start to slip below a C.

This may seem a bit demoralizing for you, but if you’re really looking to use an app to meet a potential partner, The Grade is worth a shot.

Bromwell is currently trying to raise a seed round so that Thurst can hire a mobile designer.

Stop trying to pick women up at the gym and download Sweatt instead.

That goes for trans women of color who get unreal levels of harassment and violence on dating platforms and apps.” Thurst, which is currently in beta, hopes to launch early next year.

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