Although normally considered a heterosexual app, Bumble can also bring dating success to gay couples. Grindr, Tinder, Positive Singles, as well as std singles with their associated std symptoms, and even hair restoration services, aren't your only options. I met my current boyfriend at the gym, but I would have to give Grindr the credit. We looked into each other's eyes while I was squatting on the shelf and both looked away shyly. I told myself that I would work up the courage, approach him and introduce myself when my set was over, but when it was over, they wouldn't find him anywhere. If it weren't for Grindr, I'm not sure I would have met Ryan, since that wasn't my usual gym. In fact, it's one I never go to; it turns out I was in the area for a random meeting. In a survey of 500 LGBTQ+ adults by the Kinsey and Lovehoney Institute, researchers found that 30% of LGBTQ+ adults say they are now more likely to use online dating services and have virtual dates as a result of the pandemic, while 49% say they are as likely to do so as before.
All right, since I started with Grindr, let's finish talking about it before moving on to the next apps. Grindr, in case you live under a rock, was the first gay geolocation application, which means that it lets you know how close you are to others (e.g., although it is usually used for faster and more informal “relationships”, you can and many people still use it to ask men out on dates. Still, it's not uncommon to have shared nudes before meeting you in real life. Tinder has that swiping life, in which you review several profiles, each with a mini-biography and some photos, and if the two “match”, meaning that you both swipe right to indicate that you'd like to connect, then you have the option to start a conversation.
Bumble was created by the co-founder of Tinder, Whitney Wolfe Heard, after leaving Tinder due to sexual discrimination and harassment. It has been described as a “feminist Tinder. In heterosexual relationships, only female users can make the first contact with their matching male users; in same-sex couples, either person can send a message first. It's not yet known if this will become another hookup app (as Tinder has done in my opinion) or if it will actually become a quality dating platform for the gay community, but for now, I definitely like using it.
But Grindr is just one of many dating apps for queer people, and queer people don't necessarily need an app that is specifically marketed as gay or bisexual. Women didn't want to go out with me, fearing that I was using the bi label as a stepping stone to being “full-blown gay”. In addition, there are gay dating apps, such as SCRUFF, that provide a safer and more reliable experience.