Updated: Dec 25, 2022
While some of us have "gaydar" (do people really have?), other don't. So, how do we find a partner of any kind. While there are many dating apps prevalent for cis-het (those who are both cisgender and heterosexual) people, people of the LGBTQ+ community require platforms to get to meet each other and get to go on dates safely as well. One of the main reasons for using dating apps is also because it is easier and more convenient to choose and make friends or select partners on there. The good news is that these apps have started to become more relevant and well known among the community as well, and are now specialized to the community’s needs instead of just being a generalized version. Here are a few dating apps that you can use to meet people as a part of the LGBTQ+ community:
OkCupid: Founded in 2003, the app has gained a user base of over a million users in the past decade and a half. OkCupid provides its users with a complex variety of match questions, allowing users to pick and choose those with specific or similar interests, and allows them to form bonds which are more likely to remain serious and long-lasting. While this is true, OkCupid is not focused on the security aspect of its users as much, and doesn’t take steps to verify authenticity of profiles, even with a linked Facebook account, so users are advised to be careful.
LGBTQutie: LGBTQutie is a great app for those looking for more substantial, fulfilling, long-term relationships. While the app is relatively new to the LGBTQ+ dating app market as compared to other apps, it has a user-friendly interface that is specifically designed to harbour meaningful connections, and helps you connect to your community through similar interests and more. It is one of the first LGBTQ+ dating apps to cater to lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, queer, and binary and non-binary transgender individuals, and is also a relatively safe app.
Taimi: Taimi is a newer dating app that has rapidly gained popularity among those of the LGBTQ+ community. While the app started out as uniquely for only gay people, it has broadened its base to become an app for queer people, and aims to foster a community of LGBTQ+ people who are open-minded and have broad diverse experiences. The app has become very popular as of late, with many influencers from the LGBTQ+ community advertising it as its sponsors.
AYA (As You Are): A home-grown app launched in May 2020. It is an Indian app that has been specifically designed to create a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. It helps you find your match safely, discreetly and easily. Through this app, safety as well as a mode of discovering and creating meaningful connections is available to all users, with AYA even enlisting the help of a team of psychologists to help you figure out and bond with your ideal match.