12 Best LGBT Dating Apps of 2016

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12 Best LGBT Dating Apps of 2016

Hayley Matthews Hayley Matthews • 3/22/16

Nothing has changed the world of online dating more than dating apps, especially for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transexual singles. You can now fill out your profile and start searching for matches while you’re on the bus, waiting in line at the post office, or having drinks at the bar. No muss, no fuss.

It doesn’t matter if you want to make new friends, find someone to hook up with, or get into a serious relationship — these 12 dating apps are perfect for anyone within the LGBT community.

Zoosk

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Zoosk is exploding in popularity with LGBT singles, and it boasts one of the slickest apps on the market. Getting started is free and easy, as is finding like-minded singles in and around any zip code. No need to waste time on long surveys either: just a couple questions and the app will start working its magic for you.

Monthly Users: 3.8 million

App Download:  Try Zoosk Free

BeNaughty

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BeNaughty might be the best secret in the straight dating world, but LGBT singles know it very well. Like the name implies, it’s solely intended for those wanting to explore hookups and “naughtiness.” If you too are looking to express your naughty side, look no further than BeNaughty.

Monthly Users: 13.3 million

App Download: Try BeNaughty Free

Match.com

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The world’s most famous dating site also happens to boast the most gay and lesbian users who are looking for serious dates and relationships. Its app is super intuitive and easy to use, and it’s truly refreshing to communicate with the mature, relationship-oriented singles you’ll find on Match.com.

Monthly Users: 13.5 million

App Download: Try Match.com Free

Hornet

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With over 10 million gay members, Hornet is the second largest gay dating app out there — not to mention they have numerous high star ratings from users. Besides being such a popular app, Hornet also has a user-friendly desktop version too, making it easy to meet like-minded men no matter what device you’re using or where you are.

URL: https://hornetapp.com/

Tinder

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Who knew a swipe right could mean so much? Tinder is one of the simplest dating apps on the market. It uses your Facebook profile to build your base and geographic location to find you some nearby friends. Bonus: With Tinder Plus, you can undo an accidental swipe.

URL: https://www.gotinder.com/

Grindr

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Grindr doesn’t waste any time concerned with true compatibility or companionship. Instead, this app is all about accessibility and timeliness. It uses your phone’s location-based services to match you with guys nearby — no wait time necessary.

URL: http://www.grindr.com/

HER (formerly Dattch)

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HER is an app for queer, bisexual and lesbian women. You can connect with women based on location, interests or by a quick game of “Would You Rather?” It also uses Facebook to verify your existence, so there won’t be any women-seeking robots.

URL: https://weareher.com/

Scruff

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Scruff is not for wusses. This dating app for bi, gay and curious men with some hair on their chest and dirt in their nails. From gym rats to military men to outdoorsy types, Scruff hooks you up with just your type of dude. You can even filter out no-gos by height and weight.

URL: http://www.scruff.com/

GuySpy

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GuySpy lets you see men the way you want, whether it’s by geographic location or strictly by your preferred criteria. There’s also a travel mode for on-the-go guys while you’re trekking out of town for business or pleasure.

URL: http://www.guyspy.com/

 

Mister X

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Mister X is the bigger and better version of bringing your buddy out to the bar — he knows what you’re into but won’t get sloppy and spill beer down your shirt. This app for gay men uses a system that becomes accustomed to what guys you like and filters out the duds. It even has a MISTER X Code, a list of core values each user should have — acting like an adult tops the list of necessities.

Social Clout: 29,000+ Facebook Likes

URL: http://www.misterapp.com/

GROWLr

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GROWLr defines its men as bears: masculine and on the prowl. You can get super specific in your search and your end goal for using the app, whether a casual hookup to a long-term relationship.

URL: http://growlrapp.com/

Wing Ma'am

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Wing Ma’am is for LGBT women and takes a different approach to socializing. Instead of hopping into hookup culture, this app posts LBGT events or you can create your own to post on the site. If you’re not ready to romance somebody, you can use Wing Ma’am to just get you started in the social scene. There are even 13 identity options, which extends beyond other apps’ limitations.

URL: http://wingmaam.com/

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