“If there’s any kind of magic in this world… it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something. “ – Celine (Before Sunrise).
From home to work to home to work, life was just happening. Or it was not happening at all. Who knows? But if Celine’s words are to be considered the gospel truth, we know for sure that magic was not happening at all. We hardly had any time to know someone intimately amidst the hoo-ha of life to let the magic happen.
But then dating apps happened! Life got back its touch of magic over some exciting conversations with people whom we would not have met if not for the dating apps. Since then, people, especially those belonging to the LGBTQ+ community, have been swiping right. Obviously, many LGBTQ+ dating applications have been created so far for the exclusive interest of LGBTQ+ people. Many LGBTQ+ dating applications of 2024 have become all the rage.
So if you are someone who is geared up to create a dating application, especially for the LGBTQ+ community, now is the time to strike while the iron is hot. Do you not believe us? Then, do not. But do not dare to overlook what the numbers are saying.
What are the numbers saying?
Pew Research Centre, an American think-tank, has been doing a lot of digging on online dating applications. Here is what it found out –
- You will not believe it when we say that three out of ten adults have swiped right on a dating application in the year 2021-22. This many!
- Now this is interesting! As many as 51 percent of adults, who identify themselves as Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual, have used a dating application in the year 2021-2022, as compared to 28 percent of adults who identify themselves as heterosexuals.
- Dating apps are not just meant for something ‘casual’ because every one out of ten adults has admitted that they have met the love of their lives on a dating application.
We told you that the iron is hot! If you are still not convinced, we will like to inform you that the online dating ecosystem has captured a market worth more than US $3 billion. If this is not amazing, then what is?
Top 7 LGBTQ Dating Apps
- Her – Lesbian Queer & Bi Dating
- Grindr – Gay Dating & Chat
- Lex – Queer Friends & Dating
- Hinge – Dating & Relationships
- Bumble – Date, Chat, and Meet New People
- Scruff – Gay Chat, Dating & Social
- Tinder – Dating, Make Friends & Meet New People
Just wait. At least, look into the biggest players in the dating world who cater to the LGBTQ+ community before you plunge into the making of your dating application.
1. Her – Lesbian Queer & Bi Dating
Robyn Exton was well aware of the plagues of dating for queer women. So she created HER, an online home for countless people who belong to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. 2SLGBTQ+ stands for two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. A user has to simply swipe right if someone caught his/her/their attention. If a user pays $ 14.99 per month, he/she/they could also filter the profiles by age and location.
Exton has closely seen the loneliness that haunts queer women. A reason why she has curated diverse communities for its users. By being a part of a community, what Exton endeavors to do is encourage its more than 10 million users to connect and explore their sexualities.
HER did not stop here. It allows its users to attend diverse virtual events that make HER fun and explorative. The paid version of the app also allows its users, who have not come out of the closet, to hide their profiles and still be a part of the dating community.
2. Grindr – Gay Dating & Chat
Grindr is one of the first dating applications that cater to the gay, transgender, bisexual, and queer communities. The app is especially in vogue amongst gay men in more than 200 countries across the world. Why will it not be? Grindr has become a pioneer of casual encounters. It shows its user’s profiles that are in the immediate vicinity of their location. Therefore, an immediate rendezvous is always on the cards.
Grindr has time and again proved to be a radical advocate for the LGBTQ+ community in the dating arena. On Grindr, a user can disclose his/her/their sexual health status and have the knowledge of the same of their potential date. Grindr’s ‘The Grindr for Equality’ campaign is appreciation worthy as it attempts to make the world a safe place for the LGBTQ+ community.
A user can always access the Grindr app for free and pay $ 9.99 a month for the most amazing dating experience.
3. Lex – Queer Friends & Dating
Visuals speak louder than words.
Kelly Rakowski has not been a firm believer in the above-stated phrase. Also, she must have been a big-time fan of classified personal ads. Otherwise, she would not have decided to develop an app where a user cannot post pictures. How relieving, right? All a user has to do is to write down a 300-character-long personal ad and meet ‘the one’. Therefore, the name ‘Lex’, is short for lexicon which means personal ads.
Lex enjoys a huge fan base amongst non-binary, transgender, lesbian, bisexual, and queer people who believe that looks are deceptive. If you are camera-shy and have nil photos of yours in your gallery, Lex is for you. To make dating effortless for its users, Lex allows them to use keywords to search the ads that pique their interest.
4. Hinge – Dating & Relationships
Who said that finding real love on a dating app is impossible? Only those people who do not know about Hinge can say so. Hinge aims to hook you for life. A user just has to create a profile and answer some ‘prompts’. Prompts are displayed on the user’s profile and give a sneak peek into the personality of the user.
Hinge knows that timing is everything. Therefore, a Hinge user does not have to wait for his/her/their potential bae to swipe right to kindle a conversation. The user can just like some parts or the whole profile and leave a comment. No, not just that! A user can send virtual roses to his/her/their person of interest to stir their interest.
As Hinge has taken upon its shoulders the love life of its users, it prepares a thorough list of profiles, namely ‘Standout’, that are apt to be your special ones. Though Hinge does not exclusively serve the LGBTQ+ community, it is considered to be the safest dating app for them if they are looking for serious relationships.
5. Bumble – Date, Chat, and Meet New People
Men should always make the first move.
Nah! Bumble is not an advocate of outdated ideas. Therefore, it is the only app where women are allowed to make the first move. But we should know that Bumble is not exclusively for heterosexuals. Anyone, who yearns for a connection, can readily join Bumble. In case, a user is looking for love in the same sex, he or she or they can just make the move. No gender barriers here.
On Bumble, a user makes a profile, answers some prompts, and swipes right. You are absolutely free to send GIFs and voice messages to make conversations exciting. But you just do not find love on Bumble. If you are someone looking for someone to just hang out with as friends, Bumble is your go-to application.
6. Scruff – Gay Chat, Dating & Social
Where a casual relationship ends and something serious begins, Scruff enters. Scruff is a dating app for all those gay, bi, trans, and queer men for whom hook-up is a big no-no. Like Grindr, a user gets a huge collage of potential profiles who are somewhere near him/her/them. Unlike Grindr, the user can ‘woof’ at one of them if he/she/they see them as someone with whom something serious can happen.
A user has unlimited possibilities when it comes to using Scruff. A user can go out on travel expeditions with fellow gay travelers. Obviously, your date can tag along with you if he/she/they want. Not just that, Scruff sends you constant reminders regarding events happening near you. A Scruff user need not do an exhaustive search for the venue of the date.
7. Tinder – Dating, Make Friends & Meet New People
We are certain that there does not exist a single parallel universe where Tinder is not there. Tinder is everywhere and is used by everyone, especially for hookups. Although, it can not be denied that many weddings did take place on Tinder.
Tinder has been for all. Therefore, a user belonging to the LGBTQ+ community will find a huge pool of potential partners on none other than Tinder. Tinder has strategically partnered with an American non-governmental organization called the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). It was done to enable LGBTQ+ community members to connect with a user of their sexual preference.
To avoid unwanted right swipes, a user can always adorn his profile with a badge to indicate his/her/their identity.
The list obviously does not end here. There are numerous alternatives to LGBTQ+ dating apps running across the world. Therefore, creating a dating app that stands out in serving LGBTQ+ people appears to be a tricky task.
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