The best dating apps for gay users, since meeting people IRL is hellish

Most people have at least one horror story about online dating. It’s a rite of passage that single people love to hate.

But the horror stories look a little different for members of the LGBTQ community. On top of the classic awkward Hinge date anecdotes and screenshots of a corny bio seeping with secondhand embarrassment, gay singles deal with all sorts of alienating interactions. Baseless questioning of sexual history, harassment, and fetishization — most of it coming from cis straight people who shouldn’t have popped up in your feed in the first place — don’t exactly give one butterflies.

Still, dating apps have become crucial means of introduction for gay folks looking to settle down. A 2019 Stanford study and 2020 Pew Research survey found that meeting online has become the most popular way for U.S. couples to connect — especially for gay couples, of which 28% met their current partner online (versus 11% of straight couples).

But the Pew survey also dredged up those ugly experiences with harassment. This could be where options that bar heterosexual users, like HER and Grindr, come in. Their perfectly-tailored environments are so well-known in the gay community that they’re essentially in a league of their own.

That’s not to say that they’re in the queer dating app market alone. Apps like Zoe, Taimi, and Scruff exist. But their plateauing popularity can be attributed to similar complaints: too many scam profiles and too few legitimate users (ones within a reasonable distance to plan a date, anyway). Chappy was a promising app for gay men that shut down just as it was gaining serious traction.

And at the end of the day, „everyone“ apps are simply where masses of queer users are. Keeping Tinder on the back burner isn’t just a straight people thing, especially for those who live in less-populated areas where Grindr and HER have slim pickings. Plus, some mainstream apps do deserve credit for the steps they’ve taken to create a more inclusive atmosphere. Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge now offer lots of sexual orientation and gender identity options. OkCupid gets kudos for making that change years ago, as well as making social justice a core part of compatibility scoring — which kind of self-curates the type of people on the app.

If you’re LGBTQ and hate leaving your home, you’re not alone. Here are the best dating apps and sites that’ll maximize your opportunities while minimizing your human contact. Bless. (For the best dating apps specifically for lesbians, go here.)

International Gay Dating Sites

Gay dating may prove to be a bit of a hassle, especially when you live in a country with citizens that still hold a lot of prejudice when it comes to same-sex relationships. Perhaps the most straightforward way to find love is via dating platforms online.

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Best gay dating apps 2021: Sites for LGBTQ+ dating

With meeting IRL proving tricky right now, the best gay dating apps and sites can help make connecting with other LGBTQ+ singles easier.

Over the past two decades, online dating apps have revolutionalized our love and sex lives, and at no other time has that been more important than in 2021. The best gay dating apps are proving to be a great way of meeting like-minded LGBTQ+ singles during a time when face to face meetups are more challenging. 

With the days of chance encounters taking a sudden and unexpected hiatus, apps are where it’s at, but with so many options, which one is right for you? We’ve featured a few of the best online dating sites in this guide because mainstream sites like OkCupid have evolved in recent years to become more LGBTQ+ friendly. While they haven’t been specifically designed for the LGBTQ+ community, some of the bigger sites are incredibly inclusive, so they’re well worth a try.

We’ve also covered plenty of LQBTQ+ specific sites in this guide, so you’ll find gay and lesbian apps that are suitable for serious relationships or casual hook-ups. With the best gay dating sites offering so many different options and catering to all tastes and preferences if one doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of others out there to try. And if you are looking for older companions, we also have a guide to the best senior dating sites.

Best gay dating apps 2021: Sites for LGBTQ+ dating

10 Dating Tips For Gay Men (That, Really, EVERYONE Should Follow)

For the most part, gay men are like everyone else on the dating scene. They’re looking for affectionlove. Like their straight counterparts, gay men also desire connection, companionship and commitment. 

Unfortunately, the gay dating pool is viciously competitive. So, instead of fighting over the newest man meat on Grindr, I recommend these practical tips for gay men:

1. Get in the game. Sitting on the sidelines will get you nowhere. Either play the gay dating game or get out of the other gay guys‘ way! This doesn’t mean you have to play every day. The goal is for the single gay community to know you’re in circulation.

2. Try something new. Try a sparkling, new approach to gay dating. That is, if you’ve been doing the same thing and expecting a different result, then change detergents, add some fabric softener and try a new way of putting yourself out there. Going to the same coffee shop, grocery store and gym leads to the same scenery and the same results. Yawn! So instead, change it up!

3. Step out of the box. You love to run, hike and go to the theater. Great. Now what activity would be so out of the box for you, it might put you in a space to meet new guys, make friends with people who have gay friends or try a new hobby? Think of it this way: If you can step out of the closet, you can certainly step out of your rut!

4. Reflect what you desire. If you really want a guy who appreciates monogamy, then hanging out with people who have open relationships probably isn’t the best place to meet Mr. Right. From sex to finances and family to intellectual awareness, letting your true desires show up doesn’t make you weak, weird or wacky. It’s you being truly you, so let your authentic self shine. 

5. Stop making excuses. The more you make excuses for why your gay dating life is the toilet, the less chance of it shifting in a positive way. If every date you go on with a gay guy leads you to say, „He was nice, but … “ stop and ask yourself „Why are you always justifying your way out of dating?“

6. What’s sex got to do with it? Well, it depends on your position — no pun intended. Dating from the perspective of „it’s all about sex“ can pay off if that’s how you truly feel. Conversely, making sex the secondary acquisition can also be a home run. Regardless of your perspective, being honest with yourself all along is my point. When you hide from your truth, it won’t set you free. Plus, being honest with yourself is a great launching pad for honesty in your relationship. 

7. Ask yourself, „So what?“ Constantly in a tailspin with the same old audio tapes playing in your head? Do you always say: „Gay dating is such a chore,“ or, „Gay men just want sex,“ or „Every gay guy I meet only wants to talk about themselves?“ If so, start asking yourself, „So what?“

For example, „Gay dating is such a chore.“ So What? „When it becomes work, it’s not fun.“ So What? „If it’s not fun, then I might as well just stay home.“ So what? „If I stay home then I get depressed and lonely!“

Bingo! Gay dating is a chore that eventually leads to feeling depressed and lonely … or at least that’s what the replay of the tape your listening to is saying. So change the tape!

8. Be a fearless, foolish and fun-loving. Crazy as it sounds, one of these three „f-words“ could lead you to Mr. Right. First, be fearless in your gay dating pursuits. After all, if he thinks you’re afraid, you probably are, and your sweaty armpit stains will rat you out! If you can’t win them by being fearless, then be a little foolish, and let your heart lead you. Even if you feel like a fool, you’ll rack up the frequent heartbreak points that will eventually pay for an all-expenses-paid trip to true love. Finally, let the fun-loving gay dater in you out to play. What’s the worst that can happen? 

 10 Dating Tips For Gay Men (That, Really, EVERYONE Should Follow)

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Taiwan army FB page posted photo of Maj. Wang Yi & her bride for the Armed Forces Collective Wedding

Here is a higher quality and less cropped version of this image. Per here:

Taiwanese military mass wedding to feature its first same-sex couples

Helen Davidson in Taipei – Wed 28 Oct 2020 07.20 EDT

Two same-sex couples are to be married in the Taiwanese army’s annual mass wedding ceremony this week, in a first after the island’s government legalised marriage equality 18 months ago.

The female soldiers and their civilian partners – Chen Ying-xuan and Lee Ying-ying, and Wang Yi and Meng Youmei – will wed on Friday.

Taiwan, a self-governing democracy, has become one of the most progressive communities in Asia since it transitioned from authoritarian rule in the late 1980s. It became the first place in the region to legalise same-sex marriage in May 2019.

The military said: “Our country … has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage and the ministry gives its blessings to same-sex servicemen who are getting married.”

It posted dozens of wedding photos of couples taking part in Friday’s formalities and asked people to vote on their favourite. The photo of Wang and Meng has been liked more than 31,000 times on Facebook alone.

“Not only did you make your presence felt, but you also make “our” voice heard. So, so proud of you!” wrote one commenter. Another wrote: “You defend our country, we defend your freedom.”

A Taipei city councillor commented: “Love makes Taiwan stronger, bless every lover, and cheer for the continuous improvement of the national army.”

A spokesperson for a social media group advocating for LGBT awareness in the military told the Guardian they were pleased to see a traditionally conservative institution accept and “give blessings” to same-sex marriage.

“This is not only a great encouragement to the LGBT community but also to the army,” they said. “It’s proof that LGBT people can have equal rights and, like everyone else, are capable of defending the country.”

Three same-sex couples were due to take part in last year’s ceremony but withdrew.

Thousands of couples have registered their marriage since the 2019 law took effect. While the law has been widely celebrated, it does not grant full equality. Taiwanese people seeking to marry foreigners of the same sex can only do so if their partner’s home country also legally recognises marriage equality.

Adoption and assisted reproduction rights are also more restrictive than for heterosexual couples, with gay couples only allowed to adopt children biologically related to one of them.

The ceremony is being held the day before Taiwan Pride, the annual LGBTQI parade in Taipei.

I lived in TW for a number of years and I’ve seen way more lesbian couples on the streets than in the US. The culture there regarding same sex couple is one of acceptance and I am happy about that.

„Our country … has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage and the ministry gives its blessings to same-sex servicemen who are getting married.“

I thought Japan and Korea also had legal same-sex marriage, but I looked it up and apparently I was wrong. It’s sad because those aren’t exactly developing countries. In fact, it turns out Japan is the only G7 country where same-sex couples cannot legally get married.

The exclusion for foreign partners seems like an odd caveat. Is it to avoid Chinese partners marrying and pissing off China?

I didn’t realize they were both ladies until I’ve seen the full picture where you can see the skirt

According to the linked article, this is actually a photograph of Chen Ying-xuan and Lee Ying-ying. So maybe they misidentified the couple just to put „Major Wang“ in their title.

If you like Cheongsam and loves movies, check out the movie In the Mood for Love by Wong Kai Wai.

Here’s a Vogue article taking about the movie: 20 Years On, In the Mood for Love Remains the Ultimate Fashion Romance

Another article that lists the 20 Cheongsam: In the Mood for Love dresses: the complete list of 20 qipaos (cheongsams)

Recommended Gay Dating Apps and Sites 2021

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21 Dating Struggles Gay Men Face In Their Twenties

Why hasn’t the gay community had a #MeToo moment?

The conversation around consent for gay men has been stifled. We must recognise the culture of sexual assault that exists

According a survey by gay men’s health charity GMFA, some 62% of British gay men have been touched or groped in a bar without consent. In the US 40% of gay and 47% of bisexual men have experienced sexual violence other than rape, compared with 21% of heterosexual men.

There’s a culture of silence, and it’s not difficult to understand why. Recognising the sexual violence you have experienced isn’t always easy, especially when these are some of your earliest sexual encounters, or when memories are clouded by alcohol and drugs.

The conversation around consent for gay men has been stifled: most of us were never taught the language with which to explain or understand the experiences of our youth. Inclusive same-sex education in schools isn’t mandatory, being LGBTQ+ doesn’t often run in the family, and there are fewer role models to learn from. Instead, we navigate sex blindly. For many young gay men, the boundaries and the logistics of sexual contact are an unknown.

It wasn’t long ago that our relationships were looked down on by both society and the state, with our sex lives taboo and criminalised. To criticise now how some of our sexual practices have developed bears a risk: the bigots will say they were right all along, and our sexual relationships will be further stigmatised.

But fear is no excuse for avoiding difficult questions. When the types of intimacy we engage in deviate from “lights off, in bed, with a long-term monogamous partner every other Friday” – which, of course, can have its own problems – it’s not an act of betrayal to point out that there are more opportunities for things to go wrong.

Take, for instance the “dark room” – a space few people will speak of outside the confines of the gay scene’s sweaty, hedonistic heart. To the uninitiated, the concept is simple: it’s a room in a club, it’s dark and you have sex. When it comes to consent, though, the situation is more complex.

Much of gay dating revolves around hookups and clubs fuelled by alcohol and drugs. Gay and bisexual men are seven times more likely to use illegal drugs, according to a 2012 study, and twice as likely to binge drink than heterosexual men.

Is taking a step into such a dark room consent to all sexual contact? Can two (or more) people consent to sex when they’re both off their face? Is whispering “do what you want with me” a green light for whatever happens next? When others join in – do they need explicit permission – what if you don’t even notice? There aren’t necessarily right or wrong answers to all of these questions, but in the context of #MeToo these are conversations that need to be had.

It’s would be easy to write this off as universal; of course, heterosexuals also get wasted and look for sexual partners under the cover of night. Unlike our straight counterparts, however, it’s often only in bars and clubs that many gay men learn the rituals of love, sex and seduction – having to come out, rather than your sexual identity be seen as normal, means many of us do not innocently experiment and reflect during adolescence. We find our norms on the scene. For most of us, there were few other places to turn.

It’s not just gay men who have woken up next to someone they barely remember taking home, but when there are multiple sexual partners involved – in drug-filled rooms and dark, public spaces – the risks are multiplied. Having no recollection of who you had sex with, or where, means you may not have had the capacity to consent in the first place.

For younger gay men, the landscape is changing: the internet has revolutionised how we look for sex. Apps have provided a way to find partners away from nightlife, but these hookups aren’t always safe and forgiving environments either. Some men feel a sense of entitlement when you turn up at their door with a single, prearranged purpose. The number of crimes reported as a result of online hookups is rising. Casual sex is all well and good, but these interactions don’t teach teenagers about intimacy and relationships.

Reckless behaviour in adulthood can be linked to self-hatred, abuse and violence – it’s a coping mechanism in a world that continues to see us as victimised, isolated and abused.

Of course, it is possible to tackle these problems: the introduction of same-sex sex education in schools would be a start. Community support, once publicly funded and now decimated by local government cuts, would be another useful step. LGBTQ+ spaces away from drugs and alcohol are also sorely needed, as are effective mental and sexual health services.

At the same time, predatory gay men need to take responsibility for their actions. Drugs, darkness and the thrill of the moment are no excuse for exploiting vulnerable men. We need to recognise and highlight the culture of sexual assault and violence that exists in our community, as it does in others, and hold perpetrators to account. Assault is assault, and rape is rape. That isn’t the “freedom” our community fought for.

But neither do we need moralising from high horses, homophobic or otherwise. People of all genders and sexualities take drugs, and it can be done healthily. Putting your fingers in your ears and pretending it’s not happening serves no purpose to anyone. Ours is a community that has long been persecuted and made to feel ashamed. It’s important to talk about liberation, and to embrace sexuality in all its glorious forms. Sex is something to be celebrated – whatever your gender, sexuality or preference – as long as the all of those involved can and do consent.

Michael Segalov is the news editor of Huck magazine

‘We Exist’: Inside India’s Secretive Gay Nightlife Scene

„Please don’t promote and advertise homosexuality. There are already enough of these ideas permeating our culture.“

It was just one angry comment on one Indian LGBTQ Facebook page, but it neatly encapsulated the intolerance and fear felt by countless people when LGBTQ parties began to emerge in Mumbai.

This intolerance came to a head at the end of 2016, when several LGBTQ couples were refused entry into multiple high-end bars and clubs offering New Year’s Eve parties. As same-sex couples tried to enter the premises, they were barred by door staff, who stated openly that only heterosexual couples were permitted to attend. When Indian news site DNA later called up the reservations desk at Shiro, one such establishment, a staffer explained that „We have orders from the management to only allow husband and wife-type couples. We have to go by what we’re told.“

Being gay isn’t technically a crime in India, but it is illegal to engage in „carnal intercourse against the order of nature,“ according to Section 377, a controversial part of India’s penal code that specifically listsreinstated by India’s top court in 2013, and threatens up to 10 years in jail for those who breach it. Unsurprisingly, it was poorly received by India’s LGBTQ community, as well as large numbers of the country’s young heterosexual people.

The push-and-pull between India’s deeply entrenched homophobia and the more liberal attitudes of the country’s rapidly modernizing youth has seen the rise of independent LGBTQ events such as parties, mixers, film festivals, and poetry readings. Here, the community can engage with each other freely in spaces they know will accept and embrace them.

Although there are no exclusively gay bars or clubs in India yet, most straight bars in metropolitan cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Chennai regularly host gay nights. Websites and groups such as Gay Bombay, Salvation, and Gaysie Family are amongst the top online resources involved in both organizing and promoting queer friendly events, as these remain some of the few „legal“ ways for the gay community to interact with each other in the open.

„The dynamics of gay nightlife in India are changing; [the scene] is much more vibrant now,“ says Shyam Konnur, an LGBTQ activist and event planner who regularly organizes queer parties in Pune and Bangalore. Konnur says he easily sees a turnout of 100 to 150 people, with at least 80 new faces at each event. The figure is even higher in larger cities such as Mumbai and Delhi.

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Gaysie Family, a website dedicated to the LGBTQ community, has been hosting Open Mic events since 2012 and welcomes up to 400 people at a time. „With every event, about 15-20 percent of [attendees are] first timers,“ says Anuja Parikh, a member of the Gaysie Family. She adds that LGBTQ parties are no longer hosted underground, and most of their events are set up at mainstream venues that also attract heretosexual crowds.

But to Sridhar Rangayan, a filmmaker whose work has highlighted queer issues, there still isn’t enough visibility when it comes to LGBTQ events. „Despite the huge gay clientele that come to these parties, the community and the party circuit are still very invisible,“ he says. „If you are new to the city, you wouldn’t know [the scene] even exists. It all depends on how connected you are.“ This is because most of LGBTQ events cannot be advertised openly due to the fear of being misinterpreted as dating events. Invites are therefore usually word of mouth or shared through closed Facebook groups.

Konnur says dating apps such as Grindr, Planet Romeo and Gaydar are some other platforms used to send out invites. „We usually write to the team at the app and inform them that we are holding a party,“ he explains. „They are always cooperative, and users almost immediately get a notification about a party happening at a certain location when they open the app.“

My parents would be absolutely crushed if they found out.

However, despite the secretive nature of the invites, those with an agenda against the LGBTQ community still find a way in to cause harm, says Konnur. Users have reported being blackmailed or harassed online by people who join the app in order to extort money by threatening to out them to their family or their place of work.

Akanksha, 22, experienced this firsthand.“I was on this dating site called One Scene for a while, until I met this girl who pretended to be interested in going out with me… but turned out to be a close family friend who just wanted to use my being gay to extort money,“ she says. Akanksha eventually paid up when the woman threatened to tell her family about her sexual orientation. „I mean, I don’t think my parents even fully understand what it means to be gay,“ she continues. „They’d be absolutely crushed if they found out.“ Akanksha now goes by a different online name to protect her identity, and meets potential dates at mixers or private parties instead.

Konnur has received death threats from people with strong links to political leaders in the area, who demand the events are shut down. What’s more, „I often get calls from people asking me if these events are safe, or if there is a chance they’d be attacked,“ he says. „I have to constantly reassure them that they are just [empty] threats.“

Rangayan, who has held many of his film screenings in colleges across India, says the situation is especially complicated in smaller Indian cities, where people often have two Facebook accounts—or assume a different name when attending a LGBTQ event. „The way people perceive homosexuality is complex. It’s not violently homophobic, [but] there is this irrational fear that the LGBTQ community will somehow turn their sons and daughters queer,“ Rangayan says. „Ultimately, everything in India comes back to the family. If we were able to swing that, and convince [the older generations] to be accepting, that would change things drastically.

„And this acceptance should go beyond the household,“ he adds. „They need to be able be able to tell their neighbors and friends and extended family that their son or daughter is gay. The shame needs to end.“

Harish Iyer, a prominent LGBTQ activist, suspects that much of India’s homophobia has to do with the emphasis Indian society places on procreation. „Indian folklore is filled with myths,“ he says. „There’s too much stress on keeping the genetic marker of the gene pool alive, generation after generation.“

And yet, throughout the ancient Hindu and Vedic texts there are several instances of same-sex depictions and unions by gods and goddesses. Alternative sexuality formed an inalienable part of the Indian society. For a society that places so much emphasis on spirituality and tradition, its current homophobic cultural attitudes appear to defy its own history.

This attitude is most visible when it comes to trans people. Although India does legally recognize „Hijras“—a term used to refer to transgender individuals who were assigned male at birth—as a third gender, the trans community feel unwelcome, even within the LGBTQ community. It’s not uncommon for LGBTQ party organizers to put up notices with messages such as, „No femmes, drags, or sissies allowed.“

„Most of the trans community finds it much more challenging to access public spaces, including gay parties,“ explains Rangayan. „There are instances where even cinemas and malls turn them away [for no reason.]“ This mirrors the general hostility experienced by the trans population in the country: According to a recent survey, more than 55 percent of Indians believe that the trans community is „violating the traditions of the Indian culture,“ while 49 percent of go as far to say they are „committing a sin.“

Also largely absent from the gay social scene are lesbian women, who often choose not to attend. Since a majority of the public events are open to everyone, including the heterosexual crowd, most women attending these parties are straight and simply there because they feel comfortable in the company of gay men. This is an obvious deal breaker for women looking to meet other women, who now only show up at private house parties. „I don’t go to most open LGBTQ events because they largely cater to gay men or straight women looking to have a good time without being hit on,“ says Akanksha. „I’ve met almost each one of my exes at a friend’s party or online. It’s disappointing to see one portion of the community getting so much attention while lesbian women are just ignored.“

Parikh says Gaysie recognizes the problem and is trying to change it by organizing gatherings just for the lesbian and trans members. „Women are more shy and are more comfortable in spaces where they are not outnumbered by their male counterparts. And this fact has been made even more evident after we started hosting LBT parties,“ she explains, having received tremendous feedback from guests who have all previously been disappointed with the lack of LBT-targeted events in the country.

With annual Pride parades organized in all major cities of the country and several queer events now hosted within public spaces, the community feels less marginalized than before on the whole. But, says Rangayan, „I don’t see [the communities or LGBTQ events] breaking barriers or getting mainstream attention. We don’t have a judiciary that is listening to us. We need to break the ice with government and create more understanding.

„That can only happen if there are enough of us are out there, unashamed, saying: ‚We exist.'“

Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Abuse Among LGBT People

This report provides an overview of existing research on intimate partner violence and sexual abuse among LGBT people and makes recommendations for future research. The report reviews 42 studies that address the prevalence of these experiences and barriers to seeking help among LGBT survivors.

This report provides an overview of existing research on intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual abuse (IPSA) among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and makes recommendations for future research.

We reviewed 42 studies, from 1989 to the present, that include findings on the prevalence of IPV and IPSA, survivors’ barriers to seeking help, and the quality of available assistance for LGBT people. Most studies reviewed for this report found a lifetime prevalence of IPV among lesbian and bisexual women, gay and bisexual men, and transgender people that is as high as or higher than the U.S. general population. Key findings from this review include the following:

The studies reviewed for this report also point to certain topics and considerations for future research.

Further research into these areas will help researchers and service providers in developing studies and programs that more effectively address LGBT IPV and IPSA.

Trying Out International Gay Dating Apps

Finding love on dating platforms is only most effective when there is continuous communication between interested partners. Online, this can prove very easy, especially because of how you can message just about anyone at any time and any place. For this to be possible, famous dating sites have created apps which simplify the online dating experience even more, and all you need is a good internet connection. After choosing whatever website fits your criteria, it is advisable that you get the app to enjoy more of its features, get an even more beautiful layout and the other services the platform offers.

Now on to my favorite dating sites! My list is all premium, and while many of them aren’t strictly limited to gay dating, I have found them to be the most reliable platforms when it comes to finding the perfect lover. On these sites, you have many other members who have similar relationship goals as you — be it that all you want is a fling or even something more longterm like marriage. Remember always to keep an open mind when getting on any of these platforms.

Dating Tips For Gays

Now that you have my top site recommendations, I expect that you start your venture into finding that special person. Dating, whether conventional or not, may prove very difficult. To help, I have penned down a few tips I have found particularly useful for same-sex relationships online.

Conclusion

I have discovered that the unarguably best avenues for gay dating are via online platforms like those I have listed above. That is because you enjoy more opportunities than when going the conventional way. With the thousands of members also searching for the perfect partner, you are sure to find one person that will fit your criteria and even kickstart a longstanding relationship if you so desire. Remember always to be confident and that the tenacious always wins. Goodluck!

LGBTQ+ dating

Generally speaking, your options are a little more limited when it comes to LGBTQ+ dating. Dating sites actually have a great track record when it comes to helping gay people find love, possibly because of this. Research from Pew Research Center has found that a massive 55% of the LGBTQ+ community has used online dating sites, with 21% finding a serious relationship on these apps. The average nationwide was 30% and 12% respectively, so your odds are pretty much twice as good if you use a gay dating site when compared to the national average. 

If you need a little extra help, you can check out our feature on online dating tips for more advice. 

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Where to look for single Gays?

So you feel like you already met every viable gay man the world has to offer. You didn’t click with any of them and now you think this might be it. Single for life.

Never fear—it’s not the resources drying up. Instead, it’s your means of finding them that needs a little updating. To move out of this slump, you’ll have to search far and wide. With dating sites, you can do just that right in the comfort of your home.

You can sign up for dating services that are open to all sexual orientations. Since it boasts a large user base, it’s not impossible to meet someone. All you have to do is adjust the search filters to fit your preference. 

Doing that’s fine, but we have another way. Register for a platform that specifically caters to you. On gay dating sites like Grindr, you interact with your people immediately.

Whether on the lookout for casual sex, flirty dates, or commitment, these platforms help you widen your dating pool and get in touch with a global network of gay men.

Who’s on Gay dating sites?

One of the draws of signing up for gay dating sites is its member base. You’ll feel right at home, surrounded by people who instantly relate with you—experiences, preferences, and all.

On gay dating sites, most users are aged 18 to 44 years old. Some, meanwhile, also cater to gays ageing 45 and up. In terms of location, you can search for gay singles wherever; the United States, New Zealand, Australia, most European countries, and Asian territories. 

As for sexuality, the majority of the users are gay men. Still, a sizable chunk of gay dating sites like PlanetRomeo consists of the bicurious, bisexual men, transmen, and queers. 

Some gay dating sites also opened their doors to lesbians and bisexual women. This is an effort to create a space where the members of the LGBT+ can feel connected and safe.

Challenges of Gay online dating

Several challenges concern gay men in search of steamy encounters or committed relationships on online dating sites.

Like any other relationship, May-December gay romances aren’t as typical.

Singles tend to flock among their age group; as a result, gaps are not as wide between partners.

On online dating sites, however, dismissing distance and age gaps become relatively easy. So easy one may ask, „Should I still stay on my lane?“

There’s no definite answer, so why don’t you give dating around a try?

When starting a relationship, the elephant in the room is almost always a gay man’s HIV status and protection measures. The question now, how soon should you address this concern? 

As gay men proactively take care of their health, most gay dating sites carry the burden for the sake of their members. It’s not uncommon for apps and websites to ask you about your status. You may or may not disclose, but at least you’re well aware that the singles you’re going to meet can be vocal, too.

In case you’re living under a rock, here’s a little backgrounder on hookup culture. It is when you put committed relationships on a back burner in favor of unattached sexual encounters.

If you’re a gay man looking for some long-term connections, you’ll find the hookup culture quite bothersome. On gay hookup sites, members have a one-track mind. They’re not in it for the small talk because all they want is a good time.

It’s kind of like high school when you flirted and hooked up with almost everyone. As a minority, it seems like you know everyone and anyone date-worthy.

Fortunately, other gay dating sites like Growlr go beyond your immediate vicinity in search of a match if you wish.

How do Gay dating sites work?

Signing up for a gay dating site, regardless of its aim, is usually free of charge. Creating and customising your profile page is also free in most sites. 

Some dating platforms may ask you to upload a photo first. This is for verification purposes (to make sure you’re a real human and not a bot) so choose a well-lit picture that prominently features your beautiful face.

Now that you know you can sign up for free, you’ll have to decide which among the plentiful sites will you join. 

It helps if you know what you’re looking for on-site. Are you looking for a hookup? A date? Or are you trying to find the love of your life? Gay dating sites have them all so you’ll need to know your wants because the dynamics of these sites differ. It’s usually better to sign up for a dating site that aligns with your purpose.

If you plan to join hookup sites, knowing your tribe (bears, jocks, and twinks for example) and type will save you some precious swiping time. Also, understand that the members are direct to the point and visual. Do some hunting on your own in a somewhat private place to keep those naughty exchanges to yourself.

Are you seeking for fun dates and the possibility of having a relationship? Gay dating sites are also promising jump-offs. All you have to do is indicate if you’re looking for chats, dates, or a relationship.

Even better, flirting and gay dating doesn’t end when you’re on vacation. Most gay dating sites included built-in functions to allow you to network while you travel. That way, you can get a taste of vacation flings whenever you feel like it.

Meeting someone new is not the only function of gay dating sites; most include HIV/AIDS awareness into the mix. Some sites may ask you about your status while some may add informative blogs and discussion boards on the topic.

Pros and cons of Gay dating sites

Dating someone new requires you to shell out cash. Think about it; you pay for food and amusement whenever you head out.

The same thing goes when you sign up for dating sites. You will also pay for monthly fees or credits. 

First, for the amount you spend on dating sites, you’ll network with more gay singles. You interact with a lot more than you’ll probably meet in a week’s outing.

Although features such as messaging may not be free, once you pay for it, you’ll be able to contact more people to your heart’s content.

Indeed, gay dating sites may feel a tad unemotional as you interact through a device. But think about what happens when you decided to part ways. It’s easier and less awkward than doing it in person. If you’re not big on commitment, this arrangement is fitting for you. That way you get to flit around and flirt.

Sometimes, a possible match online naturally fizzles out offline. You may not make it out as lovers, but you’ll have fun times and new friends along the way. 

Should I pay for the premium?

Since signing up is free, you can explore the gay dating site to see if it’s for you. If you find it promising, are you paying for it

Like any other dating site, you usually pay for features used to interact with other members. Gay dating sites may also include additional functionalities such as adult movies or live cam shows. 

Charging may either be done monthly (covering 1, 3, 6, or 12 months), pay-per-service, or through credits. 

For monthly packages, you can opt to turn on the auto-renewal function. It keeps your payments up-to-date so you can continuously enjoy the service.

As for the credits system, go ahead and stock up. That way you can purchase functionalities whenever.

Conclusion

Love wins, no matter the race, status, or gender. But even if we’re ready, the challenge lies in finding the person to love. Now, it doesn’t have to be as hard. With plentiful dating sites for gay singles, it’s a matter of swipes and taps before you meet a date.

Get started with our Gay dating site recommendations!

Sign up For Online Dating for Gays

is a popular dating site that serves only the gay community. If you’ve ever tried dating online, then you know why this platform is dedicated to gays only. It assures every man who joins that every person they interact with is 100% gay. Single men seeking perfect partners to get into various relationships are available! Join chat rooms to discover them.

The matching service helps members meet compatible partners who have mutual likes and a matching personality. Customer care is available 24/7, and they respondimmediately to queries or anything of the sort. Still, it’s a way of building trust. Multiple search tools and features help men find matches while applying filters corresponding to their tastes and dating needs.

Meet Hot Local Gays for Dating at This Website

has an active user base, and it’s massive, not less than a few hundred people are online at any given time. This helps in choosing the perfect companions for your online gay dating journey. Advanced privacy settings protect your identity online if you prefer to remain anonymous while chatting and flirting with other men.

Useful search filters to help you find exactly your type of men are available. Take advantage to locate and identify hot local men in your area. A high success rate in hookups is attributed to an active member base empowered with powerful messaging tools to foster interaction and meetups. Registration is quick and free, and with various ways to interact, you’ll be chatting and flirting with the hottest gay men around. This is an exclusive platform for gay men seeking casual dating, love, and relationships.

Sign Up to Flirt with Single and Handsome Men

is for casual dating among single gay men, and it’s exclusive to gay dating only. The platform has multiple chats and flirting features to facilitate secure communication between members. It’s mostly appealing to young men, generally below 50, who seek all kinds of relationships: from a quick date to long-term partners. This award-winning website has been serving the local gay population for quite some now, and joining will change your perception of online dating.

Signing up is free and easy; you’ll be done after only three simplified steps. Privacy settings to keep your identity safe are available, although it’s optional. A man is as good as his options, and this website, with its large pool of users, guarantees opportunities. Don’t rush to settle; instead, go through the site thoroughly before deciding on anyone.

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Know The Online Dating Market

Many guys turn online to meet other gay menonline dating sites for every taste. The members in these online dating communities may come from different gay scenes but they all have one thing in common. Whether it’s OKCupid, each guy is asked to market themselves with an online you’ve ever been on a gay online dating site, you know that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of guys all looking to connect. Online dating is all about marketing. And the most successful guys are those that know their market and the product they’re presenting—themselves.Imagine if your favorite cereal came in a white box with no graphics or explanation of what was inside. No matter how good or bad it tasted, you probably wouldn’t buy it. The same holds true for online profiles. No matter what the reputation of the site, profiles serve as a first impression and allow other men to build a story about who you are as a person (am I’m not just talking about the physical). How you present yourself on the shelf can make all the difference between snagging your dream lover or enjoying 15 minutes of fame. Here’s how you can turn around your online dating luck.

Eye Catching Headlines

Profile headlines can be a vehicle to attract the man you want, but they can also serve as the first line of defense against the man you don’t. Think of your headline as an expanded version of your marketing screen name. Use this space (usually 30-80 characters long) to describe your interests or the interests you desire in a man. Elaborate on where your screen name originates or try giving a catchy intro to who you are as a person. „Travel buff looking for someone to help pack my bags“ or „What’s my ideal date? Come find out!“ are great examples of eye-catching headlines. The first example is likely to attract a guy that’s into travel like you are while the second shows your prospect that you are open to dating.

Stats: Your Two-Dimensional Body

Most online profiles ask for your age, body type, ethnicity, eye color, hair color, and height among other things. Be as specific as possible within your comfort zone, but never lie. Have you ever ordered something from a catalog and looked nothing like the picture in the brochure?Even the romantic who digs your winning personality over your physical features will see fibbing as an issue of trust. You may not be able to grace the cover of Men’s Health, but if there is anything I’ve learned in the gay game is that someone (actually many people) will find you hot!

The Meeting Place: Safety First!

Where would you prefer to meet your partner for the first time? On most profiles, your options include your place, his place, or a public venue. You also have the option to choose „Ask me!“ or another variation which allows you to assess each situation as it presents itself. Remember, even after a long chat your new potential is still a stranger. If you decide to meet up to get to know one another better, follow these online dating safety tips.

Gay Dating UK – Finding Love & Fun Online

Gay online dating is big business, especially in the United Kingdom. Just look at the evidence.

New gay dating sites and dating apps UK seem to launch every week. Big mainstream brands like Match have large and active gay memberships, and gay hookup apps have led the way for straight dating brands.

Whether you’re looking for the love of your life, fun for a night, or a bit of both, there are millions of others seeking the same thing. This can all be found using UK dating sites, UK free dating sites – where you can test the waters – and UK dating apps.

According to the huge ‘Singles in America’ study conducted by Match, some 56% of LGBTQ singles have dated someone they met online. That’s very reassuring news! Aside from the convenience and, let’s be honest, sheer fun that draws many of us to online dating, gay dating sites also perform an important function by providing those who live in smaller cities and towns in the United Kingdom a chance to meet gay men in and around their area. After all, you may not have a local gay pub, and approaching someone at a regular pub who may not, in fact, be gay, can be awkward and potentially unsafe. The best gay dating apps and websites give you the comfort of knowing that the men you’re flirting with are also gay and you won’t be restricted to just the fellows in your town.

If you live in London or another sizeable city, you can still benefit from gay dating apps. You’ll be able to filter profiles so that you don’t waste time on someone who’s not looking for the same thing as you. Plus, you won’t be limited to your particular gay community — you can meet guys who you don’t normally come into contact with. Gay dating apps, as well as UK dating sites, pave a friendly new path for people to connect with their targeted niches through online chats, sending winks, flirts and instant messages and setting an eventual date.

You can always see who viewed your profile or added you to their favourite list, which is a definite green light to start a conversation through UK dating sites. Online dating has many other perks apart from the usual services they offer. Some sites organise events and promotions for their subscribers, speed dating and gatherings to encourage people to step out of their comfort zone a little and socialise in the United Kingdom and around the world.

1. You tend to judge the ~success~ of your dating life on heteronormative standards.

„Growing up, I loved romantic comedies that depicted the happy endings of straight couples. So when I started dating, I viewed what I wanted from those examples. But I’ve learned that those romantic conventions don’t work when you are trying to date a queer person. The dynamic of two men being together IS DIFFERENT. Queer men are varying shades of the rainbow.“ —Chris, 25

3. The gay group you fall into can influence how and who you date.

„Gay apps usually come with some sort of sorting hat for your ‚gay tribe.‘ It sucks that there is so much division within the gay community in that respect. It seems each tribe comes with its own set of rules for dating. I just wish inter-tribal dating/mingling wasn’t an issue, but it seems to be for some people. I’m a twink who loves with it.“ —Danny, 25

4. The dating pool is smaller for gay men compared to straight men.

„Let’s be real. Even in this day and age, a gay bar is still a novelty. Straight bars outnumber those geared toward a gay demographic. When I step into a predominately heterosexual establishment, I feel like I have to be on guard and really careful with the people I choose to flirt with. Even on apps, you see the same damn people ALL. THE. TIME.“ —Matt, 27

5. HIV stigma still runs rampant.

„If you are gay and in your twenties, chances are you’ve seen someone write ‚drugs and disease free‘ or ’negative you should be too‘ in their profiles. HIV impacts everyone, no matter your sexuality, but it’s still a hot button issue in the gay community, especially in dating. People are too quick not to go on a date with someone because of their status or will refuse a second date once they find out. I feel like a lot of twentysomethings, because of immaturity, aren’t as informed about the disease and stigmatize it.“ —Christian, 27

7. Keeping up with all the apps geared toward gay men is a full-time job.

„Between Grindr and talking to people on all the others, it takes up a few hours a day. I once went on four dates in a day. When you are constantly texting multiple people and don’t respond to one, you get the infamous question mark text. You never intended to break someone’s heart. It’s just a lot.“ —Taylor, 22

8. You know so much about a person before a date that there’s just no more mystery.

„Because of dating apps, you can find out where a guy works, what kind of company he keeps, and all the places he’s lived before even meeting him. On one hand, this is kind of great because you get to weed out a lot of clunkers you wouldn’t want to spend time with. On the other hand, it sucks because there’s less for you to discover from spending actual, in-person time with him.“ —Dylan, 29

9. You are made to feel like you are not masculine enough on a weekly basis.

„When ‚Masc4Masc‘ and ‚Straight Acting‘ are no longer a thing, then a lot of our dating problems would be eliminated. You can be having a great conversation with a guy online, then, at the slightest suspicion that you are a total queen, you are ghosted. on. We just need to learn that some guys really are into Britney Spears while others really do love monster trucks, but that doesn’t define what they can bring to dating or a relationship.“ —Jeremy, 22

10. Every guy you date has different relationship goals.

„The biggest struggle of dating is the internal battle one undergoes when deciding if he wants an open, polyamorous, or monogamous relationship. I’ve been in all three relationships and neither was perfect, but all provided wonderful learning and growth opportunities. […] While I have generalities of what I want from being in all the different relationship structures, I can certainly tell you that one size does NOT fit all. Relationship dynamics are unique. The relationship I want with one man is not exactly the same kind I’d want with another.“ —Zakh, 26

12. You can encounter some racial hangups.

„Along the lines of masc guys saying they don’t want fem guys to message them, guys clearly state they don’t want ‚ethnic guys.‘ Race in dating, even in 2015, seems like an issue. Can’t you just date me for me and not be turned on/off by my tan skin? Why do I have to worry if someone ONLY dates Latin guys? Why do I need to find a guy at an ‚Urban Night?'“ —Joaquín, 24

13. The closet is STILL very real for a lot of people.

„Nothing’s worse than getting a message from a guy online who refuses to show you a picture because they are ‚discreet.“ If you are an out and proud gay man, it’s hard to date someone who doesn’t want to be seen with you/hold your hand in public. It’s like you are a mistress but aren’t since you both are single. I understand that people are in very different places in their coming-out process when they are 20. Each guy is at a different place in their gay maturity. Though I respect that, I still want to find someone in a similar place of coming out. It can feel like babysitting otherwise.“ —Eddie, 28

14. There is always someone around to tell you that your twenties are for fun, not dating.

„The biggest struggle that I have while I’m dating is when a guy thinks that I’m ~too young~ to date. Even though they’re absolutely correct, maybe my idea of fun is not being single. I know what ‚wild and crazy fun‘ is out there, but I already got it out of my system. I feel that I’m ready to settle down. So yeah, I have every right to want to be with someone.“ —Tom, 22

15. Some guys your own age don’t take anything seriously.

„Every guy I’ve ever met that’s my age just doesn’t have their shit together. They’re too busy partying, going crazy, sleeping around, or being too narcissistic to care about someone else. I feel like a lot of the younger gays lack empathy and just don’t possess the qualities necessary to have a healthy relationship. Everyone seems to have a few screws loose that I’ve met, and it just doesn’t end up working out.“ —AJ, 21

16. You really don’t know if you should date older or younger.

„I feel too young to commit, but also an insatiable desire for stability. In the past couple years, I’ve dated older men because I wanted a solid, responsible man in my life, but these dates only helped me realize that I’m not ready to be comfortable yet. And while I’m not dating older men now, I can’t help but feel immediately disconnected from people my own age.“ —Andrew, 22

19. Dating seems to have a system of rules.

„Relationships and dating are not the same thing. I’m so tired of going on one date with a guy and then he thinks we are an item. And, in general, I despise this notion we have in our culture today that you have to be practically already in a relationship to date. After seeing an attractive guy, you have to make small talk. Then, after trading numbers/social media, you make attempts to hang out with the person in large group settings. Only when you have learned about the person do you ask them on a date. It’s not that serious. If you see a guy you like, ask him out. If it doesn’t work out, then it doesn’t work out.“ —Grant, 22

21. And you really can’t escape the hookup culture of your twenties.

„MEN. LIKE. SEX. You get two men together, something is always bound to happen. But, that can be a complicated issue. I’ve been on many first dates sealed with sex at the end of the night. I feel like a lot of gay people, not all, feel like something’s missing otherwise, but sex is definitely like the goodnight kiss rather than something uber romantic. And most apps are hookup apps. It’s just too easy to get a fix. Who wants to go through all that dating bullshit?“—Lance, 24

How to Choose an Online Gay Community

When you decide to become a member of an online gay community and sign up for one of the apps, first you need to read the membership rules. Also, take a look at the privacy policy and terms of service. As usual, the sign-up process takes only a few minutes and is easy. You can always contact the support team if you have any questions.

You can test and create accounts in several dating apps to find the best choice. Pay attention to real people’s feedbacks, geolocation of users, web-design, and other details which will help you choose a suitable app for you.

First of all, you should find an LGBTQI+ online community where members have similar goals to yours. Maybe it will be a hookup app where successful men want to spend their free time with cute boys to have one-night-sex. And meanwhile, ambitious teens are looking for an experienced mentor or Sugar Daddy with a high amount of money in his current account. Perhaps you need a gay dude for fun and a good friend with a lifestyle like yours, or maybe you are looking for long-term relationships. In this case, pay attention to the 5 best gay dating apps, which have a lot of positive feedback from real people.

Gay Dating Apps & Gay Matchmaking

If you’re 100% Twink, Bear, Daddy, or Jock and know what you need, then you can find a boyfriend or sexual partner at online dating apps. And if you’re not sure who you are yet and who you need, it’ s better to use a matchmaking & dating expert.

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HIV activists have been saying for years that investing in local communities could improve HIV outcomes for Black and Latino people for whom the current health care system isn’t working. New data from the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  seem to support this.

Kashif Iqbal, MPH, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), presented data from seven metropolitan statistical areas that received funding for the CDC’s THRIVE program, a five-year demonstration project that formed community collaboratives and provided funding for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to community groups working with Black and Latino gay and bisexual men. These were communities without ready access to PrEP otherwise. They were Philadelphia; Baltimore; Washington, DC; Virginia Beach-Norfolk; Newport News, Virginia; New Orleans; New York City; and Birmingham, Alabama.

The funding paid for increased HIV testing, PrEP screening, counseling, education and navigation services, support for continuing to take PrEP if appropriate, and trainings for local health care providers on how to provide PrEP to clients. Plus, the collaborative of community-based groups, health departments and health care providers met regularly to assess needs and adjust.

Researchers then used National HIV Surveillance System data to compare HIV diagnosis rates between those seven jurisdictions receiving THRIVE funding and 12 others with similar demographics that didn’t receive this funding. The THRIVE-eligible but non-funded jurisdictions included Columbia, South Carolina; Atlanta; Orlando, Florida; Dallas; San Antonio; Phoenix; Miami; Puerto Rico; and Newark.

They found that 9,494 Black and 3,528 Latino gay and bi men received PrEP services in the THRIVE jurisdictions. Between 2014 and 2018, HIV diagnoses among Black same-gender-loving men were 4.2% lower in THRIVE jurisdictions than in THRIVE-eligible but unfunded jurisdictions.

Meanwhile, HIV diagnoses rose 1.7% among Latino gay and bi men in THRIVE-eligible but unfunded jurisdictions. But in areas where community groups and health departments worked together to get PrEP to Latino men, HIV diagnoses dropped by 2.7%.

Especially significant was the finding that Black men between ages 25 and 34 saw their HIV rates increase over those four years in jurisdictions not funded through THRIVE. But in THRIVE-funded jurisdictions, the rates decreased. There was a similar, statistically significant difference between HIV diagnoses among 35- to 44-year-old Latino gay and bi men.

But Iqbal cautioned that the results couldn’t necessarily be attributed to the community collaboration, noting that a lot of factors affect overall HIV diagnosis rates in a community. Notably, during this same time, New York City reached the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals separate from the THRIVE funding. Still, he said, the program seems to have had some effect.

“One of the lessons learned in THRIVE was that health department–led collaborations with community-based organizations and clinical partners can improve the provision of HIV prevention services,” he said. “However, barriers still exist and highlight the need to better engage with the Hispanic community and the African-American community to identify better ways to engage these populations.”

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