Queer Reflection on Dating Apps.Graphic by Carmen Ngo

Queer Reflection on Dating Apps.Graphic by Carmen Ngo

Let’s be genuine, dating is hard for queer people. Actually, as being a queer, agender, polyamorous individual of color, we find it hard to find like-minded visitors to form genuine intimate connections with. We would all love for connections to occur organically; we for starters sooo want to fulfill a cutie that is queer strawberries during the farmer’s market, but regrettably, it is not likely. Furthermore, considering our minuscule dating pool, you’ll likely wind up pursuing your ex’s girlfriend’s brother’s partner’s ex. Cisgender, heterosexual individuals could have more choices, but queer people like to find love (or other things) too!

We wondered: you will want to try dating apps? They’re simple, accessible, have options to filter visitors to abide by particular choices, & most notably, provide a method to fulfill queer people beyond one’s connections that are immediate. Perfect, right?

Ends up, you’ll find so many main reasons why not, and never all apps that are dating developed equal. You, dear queer (or perhaps identified) reader, will ideally study from my queer experiences of utilizing seven dating apps.

I’ll be assessing four apps marketed to supposedly everyone (Happn, Bumble, OkCupid, and Tinder), and three apps marketed specifically to queer people (LGBTQutie, Grindr, and Her), and assessing them based mainly on queer friendliness, with a discussion of functionality too. With regard to persistence, for virtually any software, I selected an age array of 18 to 28, used an equivalent profile, and find the binary sex of feminine when I had to, making clear they/them pronouns that I am actually nonbinary and use. We ranked each application for a scale from 1 to 5 rainbows.

Let’s start off aided by the minimum eventful (unlike the true title implies) app. Continue reading