Flatmates Gender Identities

Claudia

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In celebration of Pride Month, Flatmates.com.au is happy to announce that we now have more inclusive gender identities on our platform.

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We thank our members for being patient with us while we explored the best way to support and represent our community.

Members can now identify on Flatmates.com.au as female, male, gender diverse and non-binary.

What if I don’t want to display my gender on the platform?

We understand that some members may not want to display what gender they identify with, but from a safety point of view, we need members to disclose this. Moving into a share house and living with strangers is different from moving into an empty rental and we want members to feel safe when looking for a new flatmate or place to call home. For more on staying safe when looking for share accommodation, click here.

Some of our members may not be familiar with the above terms, so we’ve put some definitions below:

LGBTQ+ Friendly:
Is an acronym standing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning, the plus is a symbol to represent self-identifying members of the community who are not included in the acronym. It is seen as an inclusive and accepting way to refer to the queer community and those people who don’t identify as heterosexual or cisgender. On Flatmates.com.au, if you put the filter “LGBTQ+ friendly” on your property listing, it means your home is a safe place for people belonging to this community. If you put the filter on your person listing, you are showing that you either belong to or support this community.

Non binary:
Someone who is non-binary has a gender identity that can’t be categorised as exclusively male or female.

Gender Diverse:
Refers to a range of genders expressed in different ways. It can include people who do not want to be confined to one gender or do not have a gender identity at all.

The world of gender and identity is ever-evolving and changing and we’re still learning how to be the best allies we can. If you have any feedback or questions, please reach out to us at support@flatmates.com.au.

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Claudia

claudia@flatmates.com.au

@claudiaconley_

Claudia is Flatmates' Community Manager. She loves her share house, her plants and her side-hustles.