Dating was never easy, be you gay or straight, this tricky land mine of a thing has always been one of the hardest parts of finding someone. Specially, if you are gay, it gets harder to meet likeminded people, because well, sexual orientation is not stamped on people’s forehead now is it guys? But, recently there have been pretty successful apps in function that caters to Gay Dating, bringing together a directory full of single people looking to find their partner.
Before we dive right in to the bare bones of the list, I would like to just say that we are not affiliated in form with these App companies and receive no form of handouts in cash or kind to promote them. So, feel free to go through our Editor’s Choice of the 10 Best Gay Dating Apps in 2017.
This app again is catered towards gay men and its pretty clear from their promotional pictures. Yet, it has proved to be a very active app for gay men looking to have an encounter with a partner.
What makes this app rather unique is their robust privacy settings, you can hide your location if you are insecure or even shy. It’s a good app for gay men who are introverts and having difficulties in approaching people.
With is growing data base this is one of those apps that instantly catches your attention with good user interface.
Available on both IOS and Android, this app is sure to help you find your sweetheart today.
Best LGBT Dating Apps For The LGBT Community in 2021
Being a dating startup, if you are planning to build an app like Tinder? Or a swiping similar app like Tinder? You may have noticed the whole new wave of online dating with LGBT gay culture which is constantly gaining popularity. Now, the time is changing and developers are creating the best dating apps for the LGBT community. Herein we have curated 8 best LGBT dating apps that provide a platform for everything from hookups to long-term relationships.
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The 8 Best Dating and Hookup Apps for Queer Men
Dating is hard. That’s just a fact. Dating while queer is often even harder. When you’re a guy who’s attracted to people of the same gender, there are simply fewer instances in which you can serendipitously meet somebody and experience that romantic spark. Which is why gay bars and other inclusive spaces have become such an important part of life for people in the LGBTQ+ community, including gay and bisexual men.
Of course, if you’re a queer man looking for love, not every town has a gay bar that you can just head to whenever you’re in the mood to get your flirt on. And in the pandemic, meeting and mixing with a lot of people in a public setting is out of the question.
Enter: The Apps. Whether you’re looking for somebody fun to chat with, to swap photos, or make a connection with the goal of eventually meeting for a real-life date, we’ve got you covered. These are the 8 best LGBTQ-friendly dating and hookup apps for queer men. (When you find one you like and sign up for an account, make sure you follow these tips for taking a really great photo for your profile!)
Bonus: when you are ready for an-person meet-up with a person you met on one of these dating apps, check out our ideas for awesome first dates and second dates. You’ll look like a total romantic genius without breaking the bank.
The best LGBTQ dating apps for Android and iOS
More of us are meeting our partners online than ever before, according to a 2020 survey by Pew Research, and when it comes to gay couples, this is even more common — in fact, 28% of those surveyed met their current squeeze online. Sadly, many LGBTQ online daters have horror stories to share of harassment or bullying online. Over half say they have received a sexually explicit image or message they didn’t ask for — compared to 32% of straight online daters — and 41% have experienced being called an offensive name on dating sites or apps. So when you’re hunting for a safe, inclusive space to date, how do you know which apps to choose?
There’s no need to worry, as we’ve selected some of the best LGBTQ dating apps for Android and iOS. Learning more about the different features of these apps will help you find an app that corresponds to the kind of online dating experience you would like to have.
Social networking app for gays and bi guys to connect
Grindr is the first and best mobile social and dating app for gay and bisexual men to match and meet.
Designed to be fast and easy to use, Grindr matches you with great guys in your area that are looking for the same things you are. With crisp profiles and an effortless design, you’ll be able to view large photos and create your own profile so others can find you too.
The best thing about Grindr is the ability to see the location of others (down to how many feet away they are from you!) with the option to send your location privately to others so you can meet up.
It’s important to note that push notifications don’t always work when the app is off, and some features are only available with Grindr’s XTRA premium service.
Aside from a few minor issues Grindr is a great app for matching with gay and bi men near you.
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This page was last edited on January 1st, 2021, at 9:24.
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OK, let’s get this one out of the way first. Grindr is so well-known as a gay dating and hookup app that even straight people have heard of it. We all know how it works; the home screen shows you a grid of guys near your location, you can chat, share photos, and send voice memos, and meet the love of your life—or the love of your afternoon, at least.
Scruff is very similar to Grindr in its grid functionality, but unlike Grindr, which has been criticized for perpetuating a „no fats, no femmes“ attitude among its users, Scruff was originally geared towards gay men of differing body types. Specifically: bears, otters, wolves, daddies, and other „tribes“ that find body hair and a more stocky built attractive.
Jack’d promises new users that they’ll be able to connect with „the most diverse community of gay, bi, trans, queer, and curious guys around the globe,“ and is popular among men of color. You can search by what a guy is into, his relationship status (for those looking to play), and the Discover tab lets you find profiles based on recent activity.
Unlike many gay dating apps which show you a grid of the guys nearest to you, Surge is more like Tinder, allowing users to swipe through profiles until they land on one they like. The „swipe right“ / „swipe left“ / „it’s a match“ functionality are exactly the same, so if nothing else, you won’t have to waste any time figuring out how the app works once you’ve downloaded it.
Adam4Adam started out as a popular desktop-based dating website for gay men. Remember those?
Anyway, now that nobody has time to sit down and log on to find a date, A4A is in the app game, serving up pretty much the same kind of user experience as other services like Grindr.
In many countries where LGBTQ+ individuals are still persecuted, like Chechnya, the most widely used and well-known gay dating apps like Grindr have been banned. Hornet, which looks and works a lot more like a social networking platform than a dating app, provides a safer alternative for queer men in some locations (although it too has been prohibited in places like the United Arab Emirates).
Dating for transgender and nonbinary people can be a nightmare, even on queer apps which purport to be inclusive. Tser is a dating and hookup app specifically created for trans, enby and gender-fluid singles — including, for the purposes of this list, trans men who identify as gay or bisexual. Because everyone deserves a safe space to flirt.
Ever find yourself longing for the uncomplicated days of Craigslist personals? Then opt for Lex, a no-frills app with a healthy dose of ’80s and ’90s nostalgia. Inspired by the personal ads in On Our Backs, the woman-run erotica mag, it takes a simple yet charming approach to dating in the modern age. There are no cheesy selfies, just the opportunity to write an engaging personal ad that will — hopefully — help you meet your match.
The app isn’t just for dating — members have used it to make friends, start a band, and even plan a protest, according to its founder. Give shallow selfie swiping a miss and make a real, meaningful connection, or post in the “Missed Connection” section and you might find yourself getting together with that guy you saw at the farmers market but were too shy to speak to.
The app’s design is minimalist and inclusive, allowing you to choose your pronouns and asking you to agree to its strict rules of conduct for new members before you get started. You can browse the personals or search by keyword — so finding somebody who loves pizza as much as you do is totally achievable — send private messages, and save people’s posts to reply later, when you have more time. All this, and it’s totally free to use.
Surge is, dare we say, the Tinder for gay dating. It functions similarly to Tinder, with a swipe right to like and left to reject style — there’s even a Power Message option that’s the equivalent of a Super Like. It’s quick to sign up and you can share photos from your camera roll, Facebook, or Instagram to your profile. It’s free too, and you can swipe through potential matches (a limited number each day) and start chatting without paying a penny.
We love that Surge is all about inclusivity, and their motto “No Labels” means that whoever you are, you can be yourself while searching for your ideal match.
If you decide to upgrade to Premium membership, you’ll enjoy access to features like Who Liked Me, as well as Private Mode, where you’re only visible to guys you’ve already liked, the aforementioned Power Message to get you noticed, After-Match Photos, which allows you to upload private photos only visible to your matches, and several other handy features. You can sign up for a one-, three-, or 12-month membership starting at $7 a month.
Tser claims to be “the best TS and trans dating app for crossdressers and transgender women and men.” A pretty bold claim — but judging by the app’s popularity, it may well be true. Everyone’s welcome on the app, and it’s a safe space to be yourself, whatever your gender identity. It’s free to use and there’s a clean community policy that means no pornography or nudity is allowed.
Getting started involves filling out a few personal details, adding a couple of sentences (or a few paragraphs, if you’ve more to say) about what you’re looking for from the app, and uploading a photo. If we had one criticism during signup, it’s that the photo uploading process is very slow, and sometimes causes the app to crash.
Once you’re in, you can browse profiles and search for transgender singles near you using the filters. You can message matches for free, or start a voice message chat if you prefer to hear their voice. There’s a premium subscription that gives you access to additional features and starts from $13 a month, or you can sign up for three months for $27 or six months for $46.
It’s worth noting that the user base for Tser is still pretty small — but growing by the day — so unless you live in a major city, you may not find many matches near you.
Fans of Chappy, the gay dating site that shut down just as it was starting to peak in popularity will be pleased to hear that the app joined forces with Bumble. Bumble is committed to fighting inequality and creating a space for healthy, safe connections across the LGBTQ+ spectrum, so where better to find your match? Traditionally Bumble asked women to make the first move on their app — but when it comes to same-sex matches, either party can make the first move, and the other party has 24 hours to respond and start a chat.
When you first open the app you’re presented with the option to log in with your Facebook account or use a mobile number. You’ll set up your profile, which includes a startling amount of information, including what you’re looking for, what pets you have, and a wide range of sexual orientation and gender identity options. You also get to choose whether to display your gender identity to matches.
A new section called COVID Dating lets you set preferences for dating during the pandemic — for example, whether you’re okay with IRL dating or prefer to date virtually for now, and whether indoors or outdoors dates are your ideal. This will only be displayed to your matches, but it’s definitely a helpful way of gauging what people are open to, without having to ask. You can also connect your Instagram and Spotify to share even more about yourself with potential matches.
Bumble has a huge user base, making it easier to find matches in your area, and it’s free to use — plus the 24-hour time limit to make a connection means you’re less likely to let matches languish and be reshuffled into the deck. The recent addition of in-app voice and video chat functions, as well as the option to send audio notes, gives you plenty of ways to communicate if typing lengthy messages isn’t your thing. You can subscribe to Bumble Boost or Premium from $9 a month to access all of Bumble’s additional features.
Scruff allows you to browse through over 15 million profiles from nearby and around the world. Targeted toward men who have, or like, a little scruff, the app gives you options to search for different types of guys. The developers at Scruff have taken lots of steps to make the app more inclusive to everyone in the LGBTQ community, from being the first to include an option for the transgender community to removing the requirement to list an ethnicity when setting up a profile. It’s pretty easy to get started — just create your profile, entering your date of birth and uploading a photo to start matching. Profiles are pretty detailed, but you don’t have to fill everything out upfront. The app operates on a familiar swipe left or right format — but we love that if you can’t decide right now, you can choose “Ask Later” to be shown the guy again tomorrow.
There are loads of cool features to help you connect, like the quiz show, where you can meet new guys and compete for a cash prize, a social calendar of LGBTQ events in your area or worldwide, and Venture, your travel companion that lets you connect with guys in your destination city before you arrive.
Scruff is a free app, but if you want access to more advanced search features, user videos, and message histories, you’ll need to pay $20 a month for Scruff Pro.
If you’re tired of dating apps that don’t include the trans and queer communities, Grindr is a perfect solution. As the largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people, you won’t be short of choices when looking for a date. The app uses your phone’s location to find other members nearby and sign up is quick and easy – just fill out the form or sign up with your Facebook account.
The app will show you who’s in your area, with large, high-quality pictures, so there are no surprises. Don’t want to message someone right now? Just favorite them to speak to them later. You can even browse other locations, so if you’re moving to a new city or heading away for the weekend, you can meet people before you arrive. If something goes wrong, you can easily report or block accounts – but it’s worth noting free users get a limited number of blocks; a bit of a turnoff.
Grindr is free to use, with limits. With a free account, you can only see 100 profiles in your area – and there are other limits too. To lift them, you can subscribe to Grindr XTRA or Unlimited. XTRA lets you see up to 600 profiles, remove ads, and view who’s online now, plus a range of other upgrades – and it costs $20 per month. For the top-notch experience, Unlimited lets you view unlimited profiles, browse in Incognito mode, and see who’s viewed your profile. It also unlocks expiring photo mode, where images sent expire after 10 seconds – and the handy chat translate feature that lets you communicate with those who don’t speak your language. It’s a pretty hefty investment though at $25 a month.
Tinder is not just for straight folks — it lets you swipe right on people across the LGBTQ spectrum. Tinder has also added several new features to make it welcoming to trans and queer users. The More Genders feature gives users a wide variety of gender identity options, while the Traveler Alert feature warns users who have identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer when they enter a country that criminalizes this. This feature ensures your profile won’t be automatically shown when you’re traveling to one of these locations.
You don’t need a Facebook account to sign up for Tinder – but you do have to be older than 18. It’s quick to get started – just write a 500 character bio and add up to six images. There’s the option to link Tinder to your Instagram account too. Adjust your Discovery settings for who can find your profile, from distance and proximity to age range and gender identity.
Tinder operates on the now-familiar swipe right mechanism. You’ll only see a photo, name, and age for each prospective date. Tap on the photo to see some additional information – then swipe right to like them or left to pass. If you’ve fallen instantly in love, you can use a “super like” which the other person will receive instantly. If you both swipe right on each other, you’ll see a screen telling you you’ve matched and inviting you to chat. Tinder also recently adding video chat, great for getting to know each other better before meeting up, or dating during lockdown.
Tinder is free but you get limited swipes each day. To enjoy unlimited swipes and a whole host of other features, you can sign up for Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold. But the best thing about Tinder? It’s one of the most popular dating apps, so you’re more likely to meet someone you like who lives near you than on some of the other apps – and most people on the app actually want to meet up in real-life, whether for a hookup or something more.
Boasting over 30 million registered users, Hornet is one of the world’s largest dating apps designed by the gay community for the gay community. Founded in 2011, it’s as much a social network as a dating app, enabling you to create your own news feeds, join groups, and generally immerse yourself in online gay communities. Follow those you’re interested in and see their posts, videos, and photos — and share your own in the news feed. Use the virtual travel feature to explore the world, and engage in interesting conversations about every topic under the sun in curated discussions.
Hornet makes it easy to connect with others for friendship, hookups, and relationships — just use the filters to find the right person, comment on or like their posts, or send a heartstring to make a quick intro. The app takes privacy seriously, and there’s free 24/7 support if you need it.
It’s free to use, although you can subscribe to Premium to enjoy additional features — there’s a fixed period subscription or a rolling monthly one, starting from $10 per month.
This app makes the first on our list, because this is such an all inclusive App that also comes in the form of a website. They have a whooping number of users from all sexual orientations making it not just safe but an authentic place to meet a single gay man or woman of your choice.
Being a state of the art app, like most dating apps, a user needs to log in and register through their social media apps like Facebook and Istagram. Even if the app’s user interface can be a little lengthy yet, because of its authentic active users this is one of the safest places for you to find your partner in like.
The small thumbnail size picture for a user on the app can be a little weird for a user but you can always click on ‘View in Large’ to get a better look of your potential partner. This App caters so well to so many different people that being Gay and having a hard time to find someone who is on the same boat has gotten easier.
If you are queer, bi-curious, gay, and bisexual and happen to be a man, then Gridr is the app that is developed only for you. This main is aimed at gay men and has picked up quite the reputation of being pretty successful.
This app has five million active users over 196 countries. Created with a geo-location pattern, this app matches you with single gay men within your location. Like Facebook, they indicate whether a user is online or not and you can just scroll through profiles till you have met your partner or at least found someone interesting.
With over 10 million gay members as active users, this app is the second largest site dedicated to gay relationships on the internet. May it be serious or casual, you are sure to find people with similar likes and dislikes in their directory.
Over 18 million profile sign ups from cities like Houston, New York, L.A, and this app is catered for gay men looking for a connection. This app is user friendly and easy to connect with, as all you need is a social media account. It is a safe place to find what you are looking for and now it also comes in a desktop version.
So it does not matter what device you may be on, this app is for everyone. Available on IOS and Andriod, this is one of those smart apps for Gay dating that actually gets you authentic results.
This app has a large database of active users, making it a very friendly option if you are gay, because chances are that you will meet someone with your suit. With 40 Million users this app will ask you to fill in a short survey when you are registering so they can find the right fit for you.
What’s really cool is that you can filter your partners through zip codes, meaning this app will help you find a single person in your area as soon as you register. This app is IOS and Android user friendly, and also comes in your desktop, making it impossible for you to ignore.
If you are gay and you are a man then this app is definitely built to get you results. With 12million and more men’s profiles as active users, this app generated a lot of buzz since 2016.
Now here’s what makes this state of the art app stand out from the rest, that this is not an app to just help gay men find each other, but it has elaborated listings of enhanced events listing for gay men with early RSVP options, it also finds you single gay men in your area with their gps match finder and with interactive push messages for you to find your special partner.
Here is the best part of this app, it is global which means you can gay travel and meet exotic likeminded people of your sexual orientation from different cultures across the world. Available on IOS and Andriod this is one of the most user interactive apps on our list.
Even if this app does not strictly say it’s for queer and gay women but its 90% users are women looking to have a connection with another woman.
This is a lot like tinder; you swipe right if you like them, left if you don’t. But the catch is,a chances are you will more gay, queer and bisexual single people here. But these are regulars, what makes this app a safe place for people and especially same sex relationships is that, you have 24 hours to reply to a potential partner. If there is no response, your message shall be deleted. That means no more unwanted notifications and messages.
Available on both IOS and Android, this is an app you can play very well with.
Okay, so we all know Tinder is for everybody, no matter how gay or how straight you may be. You are sure to find someone you like on their very easy app. You swipe left if you don’t like them and right if you do.
You have the liberty to un-match yourself if you are matched with someone you are not into. With being one of the most active dating apps, this is a huge place to find your same-sex partners.
This is one of the safest apps to be at, with your social media account registration, it secures your proper identity, making it easier for your Gay friends to trust you.
Of course, this is available on both IOS and Android.
Elite Singles is a fantastic place to meet educated and high end LGTBQ people looking to connect. If you are in to snooty education and mature partners, this is the place for you. 90% of its users come with a bachelors and masters degree and are looking to seriously date someone.
It’s a very simple interface where you register and you are asked a five point personality questions and the app will match you with people according to your information. You get sort them on distance, education, smoking etc.
If you are gay and you want to find serious encounters in dating, this is the right app for you to have.
Definitely available on both Android and IOS platforms.
But a word of caution from someone who has been on dating apps, never share your bank details with your date on the first meet or even ever for all we care. And, always let someone know where you are, location wise. Being smart goes the distance, and makes you a better candidate for someone’s love interest.
Blued is a gay dating app and it claims to have over 40 million users globally. The unique part about this app is that you can also have social media app features like liking, sharing, and commenting on posts and trending topics. Further, there is a feature that lets you go live on the app and broadcast your stream. This way you can connect to multiple people and express yourself freely in a secure manner.
It also has a travel feature that lets you meet guys while you’re traveling.
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