8 Of The Best Dating Apps For Anyone Questioning Their Sexuality
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Dating apps have massively transformed the lives of singles all over the world. Finding potential dates online has never been easier and, although most people who use dating apps have a few funny/disastrous anecdotes to share, it is possible to find someone special. There are legit Bumble babies in the world.
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But what about if you’re looking to explore your sexuality - are there apps that are best for that? Well, we can definitely help to point you in the right direction. Here’s a list of LGBTQ+ apps that you might want to try...
OkCupid isn’t specifically an LGBTQ+ dating site/app but it's been a lot more inclusive since 2014 when it introduced loads of new gender identification options (you can select more than one). It's also good for people who are exploring their sexuality - you can select “questioning” and specify whether you’re interested in a hook-up, dating or just new friends. Whichever you’re comfortable with.
With some 283k reviewers and an average score of four out of five stars on Android, it seems that OkCupid has a large pool of satisfied users. But will you jump in?
Hornet is an app marketed as for gay, bi and (notably) curious men that is very popular and highly rated by the 160k Android users who left a review... seems like a pretty safe bet.
Apart from matching you up it has loads of extra features, including hashtags which you can use to connect to more people and find communities that you identify with, and LGBTQ+ news to read up on. So it’s perfect for some sexy fun as well as handy research.
Zoe is a dating app aimed at women who fancy other women. As well as the physical stuff, it emphasises like-mindedness in a good match. From taking a personality test, it rates how similar you are to other users so that you can also see how alike you are from the get-go.
Zoe isn't just about sourcing dates or long-term partners, it’s also about finding other people who you can genuinely chat to. Given that, and its very high ratings on both the Apple Store and Google Play, it might just be worth a cheeky download.
If you identify as a man and men might just tickle your fancy, Jack’d is a good app to try as it specifies it's for users who are 'curious' too. Whether you’d like to identify as a Twink, Butch Queen or Bear and whatever you might be looking for in return, Jack’d emphasises that you should be free to be who you want without judgement.
You can match, chat and share pictures with lots of guys without feeling the pressure to have more than a brief connection. Download and delete as you please, but with 108k Android reviewers leaving an average of a four out of five star rating, it might only be the former.
HER is an app that caters to queer women, but it’s also aimed at ‘curious’ users, so take note.
HER is very inclusive, connects you with communities that care about the things you care about, and lists LGBTQ+ events near you, so you can pop along to test the waters without having to commit to a date. It matches you up with potential dates too though. Obvs.
Scruff is rated well by both Android and Apple users and welcomes all who identify as men who fancy other men. The app lets its users select their sex (and safe sex) preferences, identify with communities (e.g. drag queens) and make new local connections abroad to get those useful travel tips.
It also offers gay event, party and festival listings and when you RSVP you can see who’s going, so if you’re still looking to keep things on the DL before coming out you can make sure you won’t bump into anyone you know beforehand. Nifty.
Geared for women who like other women, Fem is about socialising and connecting as well as dating. It labels itself as the “first lesbian social network with videos” - creating a profile with a video is encouraged (though not compulsory).
You also get the chance to make new friends through social chat rooms, so if you identify as female and are interested in feeling out your feelings for other women this might be a fun, pressure-free way of going about it.
Created by Made In Chelsea’s own Ollie Locke, Chappy came about because Ollie felt that Grindr and other dating apps for gay men were too intimidating for him when he was first coming out. Chappy is different, and gives users the option to choose what they’re looking for as the mood takes them – “Mr. Right” when it’s time for a relationship, and “Mr. Right Now” when a quick hook-up will do – so that there aren’t any awkward commitment clashes later on.
There’s also “Mr. Who Knows?” which those who are looking to explore their sexuality might like – handy for avoiding any expectations of a sexual fling or a relationship straight up. With fab ratings on the Apple store, and Ollie behind it, Chappy could be a great tool for testing the waters about how you feel about guys.