Gay Dating

25 Best “Gay Dating” Apps (Homosexual, Bi, Trans & Curious)

Hayley Matthews • 9/21/15 •
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The latest numbers say 70% of gay men and 47% of lesbians have dated someone they met online, and dating apps are becoming the norm for doing so.

Well, look no further because we’ve picked the 25 best dating apps for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender singles. Click the links below to jump to the section that best meets your needs!

Best Overall

The 5 apps below are some of the most popular in the dating space as a whole, but they’re also great for gay singles.

1. Match

Match.com sees more than 13.5 million visits a month and has more than 1.7 million paid members, but the best part is the most popular dating site ever welcomes straight and gay singles alike.

2. Zoosk

If you’re a tech-savvy gay or lesbian dater, you’ll love Zoosk. Thanks to social network integration, this app makes it easy to meet people when you’re sitting at home, commuting to work, on the treadmill, or anywhere else.

3. Elite Singles

Not only does Elite Singles have an intuitive app that’s great for gay singles who are on the go a lot, but it also has a high-quality user base — thanks to its focus on education. Almost 100% of members have a bachelor’s, master’s, and/or doctorate degree, and if that’s a dating preference for you, you’re in good hands here.

4. OurTime

OurTime is the largest subscription dating site for singles over 50, not to mention it’s also the #1 dating app among that demographic. If you’re a mature gay single looking for another mature gay single, OurTime is an excellent choice.

5. BlackPeopleMeet

BlackPeopleMeet is the go-to app if you’re looking for the largest online community of black and interracial singles, including gay men and lesbian women.

6. AdultFriendFinder

In terms of hookup sites, AdultFriendFinder has so many things going for it, especially for gay singles and couples. From the history (founded in 1996) to the features (e.g., videos), you’re sure to be impressed.

Gay

The 11 apps below are great for gay, bisexual, and bi-curious men.

1. MenNation

MenNation is the self-proclaimed world’s largest gay dating and hookup app, and that appears to be true. More than 79 million gay and bisexual men have created a profile, and at least 83,000 are online in your area at the same time, at any given time.

It’s totally free to add your information and photos to MenNation as well as browse through singles (and couples), receive match suggestions, and interact (e.g., via virtual winks).

2. Grindr

Available in more than 192 countries, Grindr is the most popular location-based dating app for gay, bisexual, and bi-curious men.

3. Bristlr

Want more “beard love” in your life? Then you should turn to Bristlr. Open to everyone, this fun (and super specific) dating app is made for singles with beards and singles looking for someone with a beard.

4. SCRUFF

From bears to jocks to just normal guys, SCRUFF can help you find a match right around the corner or from across the world.

5. GuySpy

GuySpy has some of the coolest features of any dating app, from personal voice greetings and favorite lists, to search filtering options and a travel mode.

6. MR X

Known as the first and only gay chat and gay dating app exclusively for men over the age of 30, MR X takes your wants and needs into consideration in order to send you quality matches.

7. GROWLr

GROWLr, the Bear Social Network, is a free app that lets you view photos and chat with its more than 5 million members and keeps you up to date on the latest bear run and bear bar listings.

8. Hornet

More than 6 million people and counting have signed up for Hornet, a free and easy to use app for gay, bi, and curious men, so we think your chances of meeting someone special are very high.

9. BoyAhoy, By Skout Inc.

The sky’s the limit on BoyAhoy, where you’re only a few clicks away from finding like-minded gay men anywhere, anytime.

10. Jack’d

One of the fastest-growing apps for men who want to date other men, Jack’d lets you browse thousands of photos, see who’s viewed your profile, anonymously select your own matches, and more.

11. u2nite

Secure and anonymous, u2nite puts users, not their bottom line, first, protecting your info while delivering you the best matches. And when they say it’s 100% free, they actually mean it.

Lesbian

The 5 apps below are best for lesbian, bisexual, and bi-curious women.

1. LesbianPersonals

Launching in 1996, the LesbianPersonals company is among the longest running in the online lesbian community. The app came along a few years after and has made an impact ever since.

Gay and bisexual women interested in hooking up are best suited for LesbianPersonals, and even if you’re already part of a couple, you can still join the app and search for a third to add to the party.

2. HER (formerly Dattch)

What once was Dattch has now become HER, the app for women who like women. Not only is HER like a sassy best friend who really knows how to set you up, but you’re given more than just the typical features, including daily lesbian news and events.

3. Wing Ma’am

Your “mobile guidebook to the LGBT community,” Wing Ma’am does all the work for you, whether you’re single or part of a couple. Get to know your Princess Charming, discover exciting dates ideas, make new friends, RSVP to a lesbian dance party, and so much more!

4. Findhrr

Tired of “the scene”? Look at it through fresh eyes with Findhrr, a leading app for lesbian and bisexual women that will meet and surpass your expectations.

5. Atraf Girls

Whether you’re staying local or traveling to a distant place, you won’t want to do it without Atraf Girls. Flirting with and meeting other lesbian women has never been so simple.

LGBT

While the apps above can also work well for bisexual and transgender daters, the 4 apps below have gotten some of the best reviews from this target audience.

1. Tinder

With more than 1 billion swipes per day, you’re odds of connecting with someone on Tinder are very good, whether you want a hookup, casual date, or relationship.

2. OkCupid

Launched in 2004, OkCupid is a free dating app that’s awesome for younger LGBTQ daters, especially those who like the idea of being matched by their on-site behaviors and answers to multiple choice questions.

3. Distinc.tt

Distinc.tt is an unbeatable social networking platform for the LGBT community that focuses not on hookups but on friendship, companionship, common interests, and the like.

Final Thoughts

It’s amazing to see the LGBT community has so many options when it comes to online dating apps, let alone online dating in general, and we only expext this number to keep on growing!

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