June is Pride month, in case you haven't noticed the onslaught of rainbows on every corporation's logo over the last two weeks, but we've got another matter in mind to address: Dating apps.
Most of us haven't yet realised that the most popular dating apps around are heavily tailored towards heterosexual, cisgender people.
Why not spread the love around, eh? Give queer people, gender non-binary folk, trans people, gay men and lesbians a shot at swiping right.
We've gathered our top five best dating apps for queer people, so grab your Pride and get on the Swipe Slide.
Her is, without a doubt, one of the best dating apps for lesbian, bisexual and queer women.
Why? It's simple: It was made BY queer women FOR queer women, rather than just creating a heteronormative app and then tailoring it for lesbians.
We absolutely love Her's unapologetic approach to love, and their respect for intersectional inclusion for those of all races, sexes and gender-identities.
Don't let the name fool you: The site is one of the most popular dating apps for both cisgender and non-binary people looking to meet other queer women or non-binary people.
The app allows users to create a social media-like presence through profiles and queer event suggestions, allowing you to meet people in the flesh. Love is in the air, for everyone this time.
Dating apps created specifically for lesbians and bisexual+ women seem like few and far between; enter Lesly.
The site works similarly to Tinder, and uses photo-based profiles that you can swipe left or right for.
On this app, however, you'll only find queer women and no straight men looking to creep on lesbian women…Thank the Lord.
Fem is a dating app geared towards lesbians and those interested in meeting lesbians. Despite the language, which appears to exclude trans people and gender-non binary folk, the app isn't only for lesbians.
Queer women of any and all sexual orientations and gender presentations use it successfully, and the app encourages users to make video profiles. There's also a group chat setting.
Making a video profile isn't compulsory, so don't worry if being in front of the camera isn't your thing. Just upload a killer selfie, and get swiping.
While OkCupid began by focusing almost exclusively on straight people, it has now developed to become far more welcome towards the queer community.
The site have added a rake of new gender identity and sexual orientation option, and has more extensive user profiles so it's great for finding a real, romantic connection for a long-term, relationship/
They ask a huge amount of questions when you download the app, but the detailed profiles definitely pay off.
— OkCupid (@okcupid) June 9, 2019
Hinge sets up potential partners through their mutual friends on Facebook.
It only matches you with friends of friends, so you're never meet with someone too far outside of your social circle, rather than basing matches on location.
The site allows you to answer questions about yourself in your profile, meaning it's more in-depth than Tinder or Bumble. Hinge also sends you daily ‘batches’ of matches, so it's pretty good for progress.
That sums up our top five dating apps for queer folk, but don't forget that Bumble and Tinder still work for the LGBT+ community, they just weren't initially made for them.
There are other great LGBT+ dating apps like Taimi. And not forgetting Grindr and Chappy that are KEY for gay men, with Grindr working incredibly successfully for hook-ups and Chappy supporting long-term gay relationships. All we can say is…YAS.
Happy Pride, folks. Find some romance, even if it's just self-love. If you can't love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love anyone else?"