So you’re looking for love, or maybe good ol’ sex. Or even both, because who says you cannot have it all? Although you have heard of them, you’re wondering what the best dating sites for gay men are among the thousands that exist out there. Here the top 5 we think you should absolutely check out.
The most popular, Grindr offers you the largest database of gay men in your area looking for exactly what you’re looking for, whatever that is.
So, if you are relationship-hunting in an area that does not have a lot of LGBTQ+ people around, go to Grindr. There are other categories you can use to filter your search, but location remains the primary decider.
The downside to this app is its history of not being very welcoming to bi users. However, major updates and changes over the years means that interactions have greatly improved.
This app is the leader of inclusive online dating and with additional features like profile badges for voters, as well as an algorithm. The latter picks matches based on how similarly both parties answered questions during sign-up, users are able to have deeper conversations that go beyond whether they’re top or bottom, or if they fancy some NSFW content on first connect (not that these are bad conversations to have!)
However, for areas with a very small community, OkCupid may offer them rather limited options, and its best features are paid, so getting the best out of it means dropping some cash.
Maybe it’s the name, but Scruff tends to attract older, “scruffier,” bearded men. But this does not make it less cool.
And with impressive features such as private picture albums (as well as videos for its premium users), a live-streaming in-app game show where members compete for a cash prize by answering LGBTQ trivia, and, a “travel” option for those who want to hook up while in transit, there is no reason why you cannot check it out even if you are younger. Especially, if you’re into older gay men.
Hornet was created to be the “better version of Grindr,” and with 25 million subscribers worldwide, is the second-largest dating app for the gay community that also uses location as its primary filter for users.
However, what makes it even more special is that it is a safe place for people who live in areas or countries where homosexualism is criminalized. For countries like the UAE and Indonesia where it has been banned, however, it is not safe for use.
With its LGBTQ+ focused content, it also doubles as a great social site for the community.
Tinder still remains an excellent dating app for gay men, in spite of the fact that it is not exclusive to the LGBTQ+ demographic. It has over 50 million users, and of course, not all of them are straight.
The fact that it is open to everyone means that you’ll be subject to trolling and harmful ideologies like heteronormativity. Tinder’s efforts to be more inclusive by partnering with GLAAD for personalised swiping, and listing over 40 gender options means that there just can be someone there for you if you are ready to look hard enough.