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Pride and romance: 7 LGBTQ+ dating apps in Singapore

Relate & Date: Find your perfect match with these inclusive options.

A man uses a gay and LGBTQ+ dating app on his phone
LGBTQ+ users are twice as likely to use dating apps compared to their straight counterparts, according to a study by Pew Research. (Photo: Getty Images)

As the digital world continues to shape the dating scene in Singapore, it's clear that while some singles are feeling the fatigue of endless swiping, online dating platforms remain a steadfast avenue for many. Despite the lure of dating events offering face-to-face, in-person connections, the convenience and accessibility of dating apps are keeping them firmly in the game.

According to global data and business intelligence platform Statista, the number of users signing up for dating apps in the US has been steadily rising, and this trend is mirrored in Singapore. Projections suggest that by 2028, over 331,000 Singaporeans will be active on these platforms, with revenues climbing to impressive heights.

Daters in Singapore aren't just swiping casually; they're also investing in their quest for love. Statista reveals that Singaporeans spent a staggering $15.5 million on mobile dating apps in total, indicating a willingness to splurge on premium features and subscriptions.

Projected revenue is expected to reach $6 million this year, demonstrating annual growth.

From Tinder to Paktor, Bumble to Coffee Meets Bagel and OkCupid, there's a plethora of apps catering to diverse demographics and preferences, ensuring there's something for everyone.

But for those navigating the dating world within the LGBTQ+ community, the landscape can be a bit more complex.

LGBTQ+ users twice as likely to use dating apps

A study by Pew Research indicates that LGBTQ+ individuals are twice as likely to use dating apps compared to their straight counterparts, highlighting the significance of these platforms within the community.

A notable percentage of LGBTQ+ online daters report having found committed relationships or even marriage through dating apps.

However, despite the strides made towards inclusivity on mainstream platforms, many still opt for niche apps that cater specifically to their needs and preferences.

We delve into some of them and see what options are available for those in the community.

1. Grindr

Grindr logo. (Source: MichaelSpasari, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Launched in 2009, Grindr has become synonymous with LGBTQ+ dating, particularly for gay and bisexual men. While its user-friendly interface and geolocation features have garnered popularity, Grindr is not without its drawbacks, including issues with data breaches and scammers. Despite this, Grindr generated around 2.89 million downloads from users worldwide in the second quarter of 2023.

Ratings: iOS App Store: 4.6; Google Play Store: 3.6

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2. HER

HER logo. (Bloomer, Inc., operators of https://weareher.com/, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Positioning itself as more than just a dating app, HER fosters a vibrant community for queer women, non-binary, and trans individuals. Beyond swiping and matches, HER acts as a social hub with news, events and community features. The app's commitment to inclusivity and safe spaces has contributed to its popularity within the community.

Ratings:

iOS App Store: 4.4; Google Play Store: 3.7

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3. Hinge

Hinge logo. (Source: Hinge, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Hinge positions itself as the antidote to mindless swiping culture, boasting the slogan "designed to be deleted." The idea is to help users find that special someone and ditch the app altogether.

Hinge has a team of researchers, behavioural analysts and matchmakers dedicated to understanding what makes love last. Its inclusivity extends to allowing users to specify their sexual orientation and preferences.

Ratings:

iOS App Store: 4.5; Google Play Store: 3.5

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4. OkCupid

OkCupid logo. (Source: YourGloriousLeader, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
OkCupid logo. (Source: YourGloriousLeader, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

OkCupid is another inclusive choice, offering a comprehensive questionnaire to match you based on compatibility. Whether you seek casual flings or lasting love, OkCupid caters to both within the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.

Ratings:

iOS App Store: 4.3; Google Play Store: 3.5

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5. Feeld

Feeld logo. (Source: Kelleydrake, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Feeld challenges traditional relationship norms by providing a unique space for open-minded individuals to explore various romantic dynamics, including polyamory and non-monogamous connections.

Launched in 2014, Feeld has rapidly gained popularity for its commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and the exploration of unconventional relationship structures. This app welcomes individuals with a broad spectrum of relationship preferences.

Ratings:

iOS App Store: 4.4; Google Play Store: 1.8

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6. Taimi

Taimi logo. (Source: Taimi website)
Taimi logo. (Source: Taimi website)

Taimi has rapidly gained popularity as a multifaceted LGBTQ+ platform offering dating, social networking and advocacy specifically for the community.

Users can share moments, photos and updates with their network, building connection and fostering a sense of belonging.

Ratings:

iOS App Store: 4.4; Google Play Store: 4.1

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7. Zoe

Zoe logo. (Source: Zoe App/Facebook)
Zoe logo. (Source: Zoe App/Facebook)

Zoe caters specifically to lesbian, bisexual, and queer women, providing a safe and interactive space for connections to flourish. Its focus on safety, inclusivity, and personality-based matching creates a welcoming environment for meaningful connections.

Ratings:

iOS App Store: 4.5; Google Play Store: 4.4

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So, there you have it! With the right app and a dash of caution, you're well on your way to finding love in Singapore's vibrant LGBTQ+ community. Remember, love comes in all forms, and these platforms open doors to finding yours, whether you seek casual connections, lasting love, or something in between.

When on these dating apps, prioritising your online and offline safety is critically important. The LGBTQ+ community, while wonderfully diverse and supportive, can unfortunately also be a target for discrimination and malicious intent. As such, there are some safety considerations to note before and while meeting people.

Avoid sharing personal information such as your full name, address, and where you work too soon. If you’ve decided to meet someone in person, be sure to pick a public place and inform a trusted friend of your plans.

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