Lesser-Known LGBT-Inclusive Dating Apps

By Campus Reporter

“Tinder,” “Bumble” and “OkCupid” are widely recognized as the go-to dating apps and websites for those looking to mingle, but LGBT people may still feel excluded when trying to use the apps. A few lesser-known apps provide users in the LGBT community with the ability to meet friends or potential significant others.

1. “Hinge”

This app only matches users with friends of friends. On Nov. 4, 2015, the app debuted a new feature that stimulated a conversation between users within a 24-hour period.The feature expires matches after 14 days but allows users to rematch at a later date.

“Hinge” allows users to sign in via Facebook and list preferences, which include location, sexual orientation and age. This is a plus for many users who prefer matching with people they feel more comfortable getting friendly with because they are not total strangers.

The app also identifies people who are actually looking to create a connection versus those who do not display an interest in meeting a potential match in person.

2. “HER” (formerly called Dattch)

“HER,” an app exclusively for lesbian women, matches users who like each other’s profile photos, similarly to “Tinder.”

The app features a list of local events for queer women in which users are able to see whether their friends plan to attend the events.  The app also shares articles focusing on topics and social issues relevant to women in the LGBT community.

Haley Irish, a 2015 radio journalism graduate from Sacramento State University, said she finds it awkward to match with people users already know, but it is less awkward than meeting someone a user may have never met before.

Irish also said she thinks there needs to be more LGBT-focused dating apps.

“Even though you set the gender you would rather see on Tinder, it does not always [follow] that,” Irish said. “The binary gender system is pretty common within dating apps, so that can definitely be an issue, too.”

3. “Moovz”

“Moovz” enables its users to connect on both a local and global level. It allows users to create an avatar and search for other users to message.

Features include a live feed of events across the globe, the ability to share videos, photos and links, and form connections with people based on common interests.

Users can stay in touch with fellow users by following people who interest them and allowed people to follow them who are interested in their content.

Users are in complete control of whether they want to connect and if they want their personal information made public.

4. “Hornet”

“Hornet,” an app for gay men, does not limit its users to solely matching with men who are nearby. Users can browse through profiles of men all over the world.

A key feature is Cruise and Chat, where users can communicate with guys they want to go on dates with, start a friendship with or casually hook up with.

5. “Jack’d”

This social app for gay men includes a possible upgrade to “Jack’d Pro.” According to the app’s website, the “Jack’d Pro” upgrade includes unlimited daily matches and more options for filtering matches. It also lists an “interested” option on profiles and anonymous profile viewing.

Jj Sears, a freshman dance major, said she used the app for a brief time. She said she eventually returned to Grindr because she found more luck on that app.

“The thing I did like [about Jack’d] was the personalized profile,” Sears said. “You get to make it more about you instead of showing just one picture. You get more detail.”