Smartphone has enabled us to connect with people better – either by making friends in social media, or video-calling your long-distance partner or in the present-day, welcoming a partner via dating apps. Online dating culture is rising all over the world, as it provides a space for you to expose your desires and wishes, in an explicit way.
And online dating apps had been a great linkage for LGBTQ+ community to find their ideal partner. A Pew research survey showed 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.
It’s not just dating, but certain apps are emerging for creating a better place for LGBTQ+, proffering love, support and also information about their transition process. Here are 10 such apps, that are most useful for those who identify themselves as LGBTQ+.
HER is one of the best apps for lesbians, queer women, trans, nonbinary and gender non-conforming people. HER offers a space to elaborate on your sexual identity and gender, so you don’t have to limit yourself to a simple checkbox.
HER besides dating features, offers an LGBT community section where you can hang out and chat with people with similar interests and hobbies.
Available in free and paid versions, HER features advanced options for its premium subscribers such as incognito mode.
- Free to sign up and get started.
- Profile tag for casual relationships
- Opportunity for local LGBTQ+ community involvement
Tser app creates an inclusive environment for trans women and men, that’s non-judgmental and where users can feel comfortable on sharing their thoughts. The app was created by transgender developers and is a simple dating app for trans-people. Premium subscription of Tser costs $12.99 a month for unlocking extra features.
- Free version available.
- For both trans women and men
- Simple and good start as your first dating app
Surge is for gay, bi, trans and queer men for finding their partners online. Likely as tinder, you’ll connect with people by swiping and only the people you match with can message you. You can also send a power message to ensure that people will see your message before swiping. While it’s relatively simple for a dating app, it offers several valuable features. For example, you can send temporary photos and edit past decisions. However, the app allows only for a limited number of swipes per day for free-users.
With $7 premium version, it lets to swipe unlimited and provides advanced filters and features.
- The app is similar to Tinder.
- Has power-message to display before swiping
- Has a free version.
Taimi is one whole all-inclusive app for LGBTQ+ people, designed better with video calls, voice messages and group chats. People looking for a serious relationship or a fling-kind of thing, Taimi features many tools to find the perfect match.
It’s premium subscription starts from $4.99 per month to $9.99 per month and offers features like Rainbow likes, Rollbacks (change your mind on someone you’ve dismissed) and more. However, the features are not handful as other apps on this list provides.
- Comparatively more features
- Good app to find love or something serious
- Has its own algorithm to find perfect match.
A one-stop app for LGBTQ+ people that provides many inclusive features and a frank interface is this ‘Hinge’. Hinge’s unique profile criteria makes people to set with perfect partner. 90 percent say of the app users say the first date was great and 72 percent are down for a second date.
Hinge users experience more genuine queer people on the app and is the overall best dating app for LGBTQ+. Conversations are hidden after 14 days of inactivity to keep the focus on matches who are taking meeting seriously. Paying for Hinge Preferred also lets you filter by political views or recreational drug habits.
It has costliest subscription pack of HingeX with $49.99 per month and a medieval $29.99 per month Hinge+ pack. However, users are recommended to prefer the free version to a Hinge+ pack.
- Unique profile criteria like political affiliation and stance on marijuana
- Diverse user base that’s growing exponentially
- Features voice memos as a way to connect with potential matches
Having over 50K+ downloads in Google Play Store, Glii is crafted for people with modern LGBTQ+ lifestyle considering all preferences – straight, gay, lesbian, bi or trans+.
Glii is a location-based social networking app, built by three Indians from Noida. Shivam, Ankur and Rohit, the developers of the app, created the app for catering a safe-dating app without any catfishing or scams, the problems with few dating apps. It provides a unique feature over other apps – to book LGBTQ+ friendly spots directly in the app for their first date.
The accounts are verified using AI so users can always be sure they’re meeting a real person. Users can also check compatibility of their matches.
- Location-based social networking app for LGBTQ+ people.
- Suggests friendly spots for LGBTQ+ with booking feature.
- Safe-dating app.
Built around acceptance and accessibility, Pride Counseling is the online therapy platform for the LGBTQ+ community. After identifying yourself, you can take an online chat with therapists about your insecurities, anxiety or depression. You can also schedule live phone, chat or video sessions with the counsellor.
The app aims to create an inclusive environment for the LGBTQ+ people, by addressing their issues, and worries. It is available in both android and iOS.
Being thrown out of her marketing director position for coming out as transgender, Kate from Seattle, U.S. built an app to help transgender people for their transition.
Solace LGBT, the app, guides transgender individuals through their transition, including the legal, medical and social steps involved. Currently region-locked to USA, the app is for transgender men, women, individuals and also for parents and guardians of transgender children.
Users can map their transition, access credible information and stay informed about news that may impact their goals and rights, and track their progress.
Developed by gay couples, Voda is a mental health platform for the LGBTQ+ community, that’s built with inputs from psychotherapists and mental health experts.
The app offers self-guided therapy, journaling and tips for coming out to friends and family. What makes it unique, however, is its intersectionality. “It looks at the overlapping parts, like what it’s like to be Black and queer or neurodivergent and queer,” says Jaron, one of the developers.
The U.K.-based Voda plans to expand worldwide to reach more people struggling with their sexual or gender identity.
To help sexual minorities in India and the world deal with the primary challenges of “embracing your sexuality” and “coming out to loved ones,” Evolve offers specially curated content.
The app’s content is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – a type of treatment that intends to identify and change underlying thought patterns. Currently, the app has close to 200,000 users globally with a strong focus on the LGBTQIA+ community, having India and North America as its leading markets.
Half of the app is currently free to use, and its founders claim that all LGBTQIA+ content is part of the free tier. The premium tier “Evolve Plus” costs ₹400 a month or ₹999 for a yearly price.
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