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Welcome to

Oh Gay Cupid!

Autostraddle’s OkCupid collection. We obtain countless concerns on Formspring with regards to internet dating, therefore we at long last got a bunch of men and women together to share with you it.

While OkCupid is not the only real online dating site for queers, and maybe isn’t really even most readily useful, it can be seemingly usually the one we utilize oftentimes. We’ll be talking about things OkC, such as meeting pals, very first dates, users, fuck-ups, letdowns and more. Even though it’s the ‘OkCupid Series,’ guidance offered within series could easily be reproduced to almost any online dating site.

Oh Gay Cupid! pictures by
Rory Midhani

Each and every day
brand new apps are increasingly being rolled away
. Bing Reader replacing?
Absolutely a software for this
. Woman Guide cookie seeker?
There is an app for that
. Queer matchmaking? Really listed here is the exception to this rule. Even though there is a constant stream of brand-new apps for queer men and women, a man market thrives whilst the female industry remains reasonably stagnant. With any app launch you must provide time for you to exit the ground before you call it profitable, but when you check out the numbers for Grindr and its own ilk, you need to question what’s keeping right back the girl market.

There are many location-based matchmaking applications that just be sure to follow Grindr’s design and I’ve had
experience with a lot of them
. The majority of the offerings are simple: listed here is a grid of people and here’s the best way to content all of them. But while
Grindr’s six million
Scruff’s four million
Adam4Adam’s three million
users offer an overflowing buffet of suitors to anybody around the globe, the female market is restricted both in software and profile choice


And a lot more to the stage, really does once you understand the proximity to some other gaymo give you enough inducement to generally meet? And let’s say the nearest user is actually two edges away?

I frequently wondered if w4w internet dating right up software falter because our requirements have reached probabilities using the needs in our apps. One could believe females just you should not


hookups, but I really don’t believe’s the instance, neither is it the only issue. If we buy into the idea that men desire informal associates and females wish long term connections, the refractory period before another achievements could possibly be a few hours for a dude and some days, several months or many years for a girl. So a pleasurable Grindr user keeps logging on, while their female equivalent will change far from the woman app and probably cause her brand-new spouse to complete similar. Possibly many people wish different things, but exactly how can you balance effective experiences


user respect?

You could start by operating a queer internet site with
an incredibly entertaining staff members


we’re why some of you are dating), but a Straddlr software actually in notes at this time. However, if
had been any indication of how queer women meet, day and hookup when you look at the real life, we ought to put society within forefront and leave screwing on shifts as a pleasurable added bonus. That’s why
Wing Ma’am could possibly be different
. Not merely as it understands wherever you are or given that it has actually a bright, vibrant UI, but given that it has actually an alternative solution view of queer matchmaking beyond “only a hookup software.”

We spoke to Ariella Furman, the president and founder with the Pittsburgh-based Wing Ma’am while they await the outcome of
their particular IndieGoGo campaign
. Following a separation in 2012, she teamed with some Carnegie Mellon grads and decided to put all of the woman additional fuel into starting some thing when it comes to LGBT community. Versus attracting up an app to get to know the woman needs, the development process begun by choosing numerous queerios to determine just what possible consumers wish. Unsurprisingly it is not just a pink form of Grindr.

Furman told me their unique problems expanded much beyond dating.

When surveyed by Wing Ma’am, LGBT women often mentioned that within their town, it had been difficult to satisfy folks or know very well what was actually going on. They also said that there was clearly too little unity and accessibility info had been challenging. Once they did attend queer lady activities, they did not imagine there was clearly adequate attendance or participation. People felt like it was difficult to feel part of the community. In the event it is not possible for all urban centers, It’s my opinion that many LGBT ladies can agree that the world is a little “clique-y.”

The idea behind Wing Ma’am will be give a centralized spot for females to safely fulfill additional females including stay informed about occasions. For the first time, we will gain access to each other plus to information. Wing Ma’am functions as a guidebook your LGBTQ females, it doesn’t matter what she determines, if not if she doesn’t recognize. Everyone will feel welcome and cellular room would be comprehensive for every, LGBTQIA and otherwise. Successful story of a general individual is that she discovers friends through the application, begins participating in events within the woman interest party, and in the end creates her very own event associated with the woman interest party. We desire Wing Ma’am are about everything: the personal networking, the profile-making, the relationships as well as the matchmaking, the event producing, and certain, the inevitable hook-ups which will most likely take place.

Wing Ma’am desires to
break down personal barriers, encourage unity and commence a personal motion
by focusing on community connections plus the steps men and women link from inside the real-world. Along with one-on-one chats, it’s going to provide customers the chance to promote to all of this queers in their area, from giant raging events to craft programs to Pride procession meetups to low-key poetry readings to
Autostraddle brunches
. Their polls confirmed 40% of these surveyed are able to coordinate their occasions, but nowadays just 5per cent of them are definitely doing so. Large scale promoters, people and anybody around can promote their particular events acquire seen with reduced legwork. Even in tiny cities without an important homosexual strip, interesting queers can still choose one another by tagging their particular profile along with of these passions. This way even although you are not area of the Clique, you are able to still login, recognize your own barista’s queer, discover she needs an alternate for dodgeball and perform a round exactly the same week.

But section of building area involves
producing a safe room
Echoing Crazy Blind Date
, events are limited by community venues to keep everyone in-line. Inside their next wave of development, they are going to introduce a user-generated and verified access the young lesbian directory now site of safe, queer-friendly spaces using most useful places earning a-wing Ma’am Certified designation. It will offer a nod to LGBT-owned institutions so your soon-to-be book pub can throw their rainbow bucks at a buddy! On the user side of things, their own assistance group seeks to stop harassment by checking discussions for blacklisted words and stepping in if needed. Of course you like that consumers don’t know your own specific location, you are able to turn off the locator but still arrive on their profile feed.

Although it’s an easy task to call Wing Ma’am a lesbian app, as many folks understand, L is only the tip of this iceberg. Identities, orientations and expressions tend to be misinterpreted and pushing you to definitely choose from M or F creates a big shield to entry many are not ready to straddle. Wing Ma’am will allow consumers to determine as Lesbian, Bi, Trans*, Queer, Androgynous, Pansexual, Intersex, Questioning, Asexual


nothing at all. You can at long last enter a queer space as labelled or label-free as you would like. In case you are into some subset of human beings, you can look for them particularly. And even more notably, Wing Ma’am will pay attention to its customers, adding even more choices while they’re educated about all of the different nuances. You may also
offer Furman a phone call directly

There is had extremely humble beginnings, but we constantly want to remain available and attentive to the queer girl market regardless. Hearing our very own area is exactly what provides led upwards from the beginning with your surveys and what’s going to guide us entering tomorrow. We are going to keep assessing the application besides on technical fluidity, and on safety and inclusiveness. We shall constantly end up being increasing. This is exactly a grassroots energy so we need stay as close to the users as is possible!

If a queer girl app that centers on society feels like a thing you wish to download, possibly it is advisable to can get on board. After the assumed success of their particular fundraiser (
they’re a lot more than halfway there!
), they will test the app in July in three cities polled from IndieGoGo. It’ll be provided as a free app, but
with extra benefits for compensated website subscribers
. Then they’ll tackle the remainder of The united states in August and go onto Canada in addition to UK. If you wish to help bring Wing Ma’am towards area while providing your self a justification to speak with lovely passerbys,
join be an ambassador
acquire some free swag while you’re at it. Because when it comes to obtaining a foothold for the gay application marketplace,
actually a-wing Ma’am needs a wingman

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