Discover the Best Lesbian and Gay Dating Apps of 2018
The Best Lesbian Dating Apps of 2018
For a long time, online dating tended to only gear towards straight people, then eventually men seeking men options were featured and finally there came lesbian dating sites. Thankfully, in 2018 there are lots of inclusive lesbian dating apps or apps that cover the entire LGBTQI+ spectrum, that give users the option to find love and their community.
Her is one of the best first popular lesbian dating apps on the market. It has the all-too-well-known ‘swiping’ feature that lets you accept or decline prospective partners, hence it being referred to as the ‘lesbian tinder’. After you’ve swiped ‘yes’, you can send hearts before finally matching. On your profile, you’re allowed to keep it simple or spill your life story, but the app encourages you to talk to users rather than just look at profiles. Which can be time-consuming if you’re not up for having lots of conversations that may not lead anywhere.
- No matchmaking functionality
- Sign up through Facebook
- Minimalist design
Hinge, unlike most dating apps, sets up people through their mutual friends on Facebook. Instead of basing matches through interests or location, it will only match you with friends of friends so you’re never meeting up with someone too far outside your social circle. Hinge also sends you daily ‘batches’ of matches, although this is purely based on your mutual friends and never from your interests or locations. This may put off some people who either, don’t use Facebook that much (and who does these days?), or their friends don’t use it, or might find it odd to be set up with your friends second-cousin-twice removed etc.
- No (interest based) matchmaking functionality
- Purely uses Facebook to match users
- More serious users, not a hookup app
Tinder doesn’t boast that it’s for ‘casual dating’ but its reputation precedes itself as the ultimate casual dating app. You know the drill, you fill out a bio (funny or serious) and then swipe to see people near you and their info. Tinder has a huge user base, so it’s a good place to start if you’re looking for a lesbian dating app. However, it does have a big issue, for some reason Tinder doesn’t understand homosexuality and will throw random guys in your feed. Which has been a big no-no for most of the lesbian dating community, so swipe at your own discretion.
- Location-based matching
- No ‘female only’ matching function
- Viewed as a casual dating app so not great for serious relationships
OkCupid, like Tinder, isn’t a lesbian-specific dating app but is one that has opened up its sexual preferences filters in the past few years. It has a huge database of users thanks to this and its niche is that it gives users a percentage of how much you have in common with someone based on your answers to a questionnaire. The questionnaire is similar to OkCupid’s main questionnaire on its dating site which can be a tad vague and nonspecific.
- Interest-based matching
- Big user base so more diversity but more time spent searching
- Questionnaire is vague
EliteSingles is a dating app and website for gay, straight and lesbian singles looking for long-lasting relationships but struggle with a busy work-life balance. The EliteSingles app is a great way to date on the go and it employs the same matchmaking function that is available on the website. The in-depth personality test will ensure that you get good quality matches so you don’t have to start half-hearting conversations after swiping for hours. You’ll receive 3-7 matches every day from lesbian singles who match your values, goals and interests.