Dating is 2018 should be easy. The world of online dating is seeing a massive growth in terms of traffic and members and there are thousands of dating apps for straight people. When it comes to LGBTQ members, the number of apps is limited but that is no reason why they cannot date members of their sexual orientation. Here are ten best LGBTQ dating apps I have tried to help you take a plunge into the world of online dating:
Designed especially for the LGBTQ community, LGBTQutie is an all-inclusive dating app for members who find it difficult to find long-lasting meaningful relationships through other heterosexual dating apps. The app has a great blog which is updated quite frequently with topics related to the LGBTQ news. Users can attend the popular LGBTQ events in their area through the app and can meet new people even if they are not looking for a relationship right now. The site feels like a social networking site and it is very easy to find members according to your preferences on the platform.
The app is free to use but offers some paid add-ons for members who want to access all the features. With innovative features like video messaging and ghost mode browsing, the app is slowly but surely gaining a foothold in the community for being an easy and safe platform for meeting new people online. The app supports Gay, Lesbian, asexual, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, queer, and non-binary members so it is very progressive.
One of the few online dating apps that cater to people of color in the LGBTQ community, Thurst is designed for queer people who have to face racism on other apps. You can find other queer people in your area using this app and the unique feature is that your identity is always protected.
The app is designed by people of colour so they know exactly what a queer black person experiences when they interact with other members on other online dating apps. The app also included non-binary people and cisgender people of colour so if you are a person of colour and do not find a progressive and inclusive dating app you feel comfortable using, Thrust is for you.
With a clean user interface and intuitive design, Taimi aims to become the most popular gay dating app for people of the LGBTQ community. It comes with features like video chatting and complete profile customization, Taimi is becoming very popular among gay people. The app can be accessed for free but there are some paid features which give you more visibility and help you meet more members. The app has been created by Silicon Valley engineers who wanted it to become a social networking site for people of this community so that they can make new connections.
A great thing about this app is that it takes the safety of its members very seriously and wants to promote meaningful relationships of romantic or unromantic nature between its members. It lets you swipe through members who are located in your area and you can then chat with them easily and like or comment on their pictures. All the profiles on the app are verified and moderated regularly.
Described as a premier social network for gay people, Hornet is like a digital home for this community. It has more than 25 million members and provides a very easily accessible platform for LGBTQ members to connect with each other. You can search for other members around the world and follow them for getting all their updates. The app is known for its casual hook-ups but you can also find meaningful relationships through the platform or find friends if you are not looking for a romantic relationship.
It also offers a LGBTQ+ magazine which comes with the latest news about this community and the users can interact with each other using the in-app chat service. You can also upload multiple photographs on the app and search for other members using popular hashtags. Another unique feature of this app is that members can be open about their HIV status and the app reminds them when they need to get tested.
The gay alternative to Tinder, Grindr is more of a casual hook-up app than an online dating app. This app is very easy to use and has an easy sign-up process as well. You can see which of the members are online on the app at the moment and connect with them if you like their profile. The app allows you to find the exact type of men you are looking for using its advanced search filters. You can also link your social media channels to the app to find more members.
Grindr has more than 6 million members and you can always find somebody or the other at any given time of the day for just casually hanging out at the local bar or for some casual fun. The community is very active and you can even keep your identity a secret if you want to. It has a free plan but you can upgrade to a premium membership at a nominal subscription cost.
An award-winning dating and social networking app for lesbians, HER has a very sleek user interface and has a very active member pool. It is a great app for bisexual and queer women who want to explore their area for potential matches. You can find matches according to their age and location and can search for members across the world too. The app is developed by lesbian women who found it too awkward to use other online dating apps and wanted a platform which makes it comfortable for other lesbian women to find a potential partner without any discrimination.
All the profiles on the app are verified and you can also add your friends to the app if you think they will find the platform useful. You can send unlimited messages on the app but only to your friends and people who have been matched with you. You can also check out the member profiles including their photos easily since it is mandatory for all profiles to have photos. You get your matches based on your chosen preferences.
7. One Scene
A free website for LGBTQ community, One Scene is created by a homosexual owner who operates the website. It has both desktop version and mobile app and you can find friends or partners if you are looking for casual fun and relationships. Creating an account is very easy on the app and you can join through your Facebook profile too. The exhaustive profiles of every member help you to decode their lifestyle easily and instantly chat with them via the app messenger. You can also send icebreakers to other members to open the conversation. The search function of the app is a little basic but you can narrow your search by adding extra filters.
You can create a favourites list with members whom you like more than other profiles so that you can access these profiles directly through your dashboard. The app is completely free and does not have any in-app purchases you have to spend money on. The site takes a lot of measures for the safety of its members and does not access your personal information on Facebook also.
Designed for gay and bisexual men, MenNation is a dating website for finding casual hook-ups in your area. It has a free version as well as a paid version and has a simple user interface. One unique feature of this site is that it has a video library with more than 2000 videos for the members. The video chat feature is also very useful and the member base of this website is quite huge. The cupid search feature helps you find new members that you might be compatible with. You can also add members to your hotlist as your favourites.
The paid version of the website is a bit expensive as compared to other online dating sites but the member pool of the website of 70 million members is so huge that you always get a match of your preferences. With great website and chat support, this website is one of the best gay and bisexual casual dating website you can find.
One of the most popular dating apps of all time, Match.com supports all genders and has many members from the LGBTQ community. With an extensive matching algorithm, this website sends you matches daily as per your preferences and has many active members. It takes some time to approve members but it is only for the safety of its members. It is suitable for all members who are looking for casual fun as well as meaningful relationships. The extensive search option allows you to narrow down your matches easily.
One unique feature of this app is the missed connections feature which helps you meet members who are situated near to you and you have to switch on your location services to use this feature. The app offers a free version which has a lot of features but some features can only be accessed if you have a premium membership which is a bit costly. You can take a monthly membership or save some money by taking a membership for 3 or more months.
An app designed for modern gay men, Chappy is founded by gay men and comes with a Chappy scale to rate men based on their dating preferences. You can choose between Mr. Right and Mr. Right Now for your chappy scale to send a signal to the other members that you are on the app for casual hook-ups or a long-lasting relationship. You can sign up on the app using your Facebook account and the site then verifies your identity.
The great safety feature of this app is that it does not allow user profiles which do not feature the complete face. The app is free and uses the same swiping mechanism as Tinder to help you find new members. You can also integrate your Instagram account with the app to show the other members more pictures of you.