Review of LGBTQ Dating Apps

The modern information space offers numerous possibilities for almost everything – including finding a partner, whether temporary or permanent.

Dating apps have long been familiar to smartphone users. However, for LGBTQ individuals, online dating still carries certain risks – it’s uncertain whether a potential partner’s photo might conceal an aggressively homophobic person, an encounter with whom could end in trouble.

Developers of apps for LGBTQ people are also concerned about the safety of their clients. Therefore, they mostly create services that address this issue, striving to maximize user safety.

So, what dating apps are currently available in the internet technology market, and which ones are worth using?

Hornet

One of the most popular and widely known dating apps for gay and bisexual men. The Hornet service includes not just an app but also a social network. To date, it has 25 million registered users, with about 4 million people using the app daily. Hornet was established in 2011 and has successfully competed with other similar apps for over ten years.

The app can be used for free, however, it has a paid format with prices ranging from $4.5 to $10 per month. In this mode, you can enjoy the app without ads and see who has viewed your profile.

Tinder

While this app is popular among heterosexuals, recent changes have made Tinder safe and convenient for LGBTQ users. Now, profiles include a wide range of preferences based on sexual and gender diversity. Thus, you can confidently use this app to find a partner.

Tinder is also a free app. However, there is a Tinder Gold version, which allows you to see who viewed your profile. The subscription price varies depending on the country you are in, your age, and the subscription duration.

Taimi

Initially, this app was targeted exclusively at men, but now it is friendly to the entire LGBTQ spectrum. Unlike most similar apps, Taimi is completely free; it has no additional paid features. However, it does offer video calls, allowing you to connect directly with a contact without giving them access to your social networks. Another important security feature of the app is two-factor authentication.

Feeld

One of the most queer-oriented apps, with the largest selection of gender identities and sexual orientations. It includes variations of umbrella identities such as transgender, asexuality, pansexuality, and other aspects of self-presentation.

Another convenience of the app is that profiles can be viewed in a gallery format.

Scruff

The Scruff app targets men, both gay and bisexual. In recent years, developers have modified the app, making it comfortable for trans* and queer individuals. They have also removed the profile setting that asked for the user’s ethnic background.

The app is fundamentally free. However, if you want to view user videos and have access to message history, you will need to purchase a Scruff Pro subscription for $15 per month.

Grindr

The Grindr app is directly targeted at LGBTQ people. It is used by people in more than 200 countries and is very popular in the queer community. Perhaps a certain risky aspect is that the app actively uses your phone’s geolocation to show you which subscribers are nearby. Accordingly, your profile can also be shown to someone looking for subscribers near them.

The app is free, but, as usual, some features are only available with a Grindr Xtra subscription. The cost of such a subscription starts at $12 per month.

Wonder

Wonder is created for lesbians and bisexual women. Here, there are three ways to make an acquaintance. The first is classic – by liking a profile you find appealing, which is typical for Tinder and many other similar apps. The second method is by posting a dating ad and waiting for responses. And the third is by chatting in general interest chats, to find friends and possible partners.

Chappy

This app for gay men is oriented towards safe partner or friend search. To register on Chappy, a photo of your face is mandatory. On the flip side, Chappy notifies you if a user has copied your photo.

Chappy is not only oriented towards romantic relationships. There is an additional app – Chappy Friends, which is designed specifically for finding friends. Both parts of the app are completely free.

Scissr

This is a dating app for lesbians. The main slogan of the developers of this app is safety for women. Scissr has methods to protect its users from fake profiles, behind which men might be hiding.

LGBTQutie

Another app fully oriented towards the LGBT community. Its advantage is that it is not only focused on dating and relationships but also on entering a friendly space. Here, you can find interest chats and communicate in them, expanding your circle of acquaintances.

The app is initially free, but it includes a set of paid features, costing $10 per month. By subscribing, you gain access to video chats, the ability to see who viewed your profile, and enhanced search settings.

Growl

This app can be called special among other LGBTQ dating apps. It is primarily aimed at gays from the “Bear” community. The app is quite convenient for communication, and it has about two million users.

The Growl Pro version, unlike the basic free version, costs $8 per month, offering users the ability to view videos in profiles and get rid of pervasive advertising.

Banana

This app is also oriented towards gay and bisexual men. But it operates originally. You do not choose who you will talk to; Banana randomly assigns you a conversational partner. It also does not rely on geolocation, so there is no guarantee that your interaction will end in a meeting. After all, the interlocutor might well be on another continent.

One of the downsides of this app – like most apps with random dialogues, Banana is very popular among exhibitionists.

Whichever app you use, the most important thing is that you feel safe and can find a person with whom you will definitely feel good.

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