May 26, 2020 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

From Lesbian Speed-Dating to Gay Gaming, there’s an App for Every Taste

Quick: How many times have you witnessed one of your throw up their hands say “there’s an app for everything these days!” I’m guessing more times than you can count. And frankly, it never becomes any less true. Each day there seems to be a new wealth of options for food delivery, online dating, car services, and dog grooming at our fingertips. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. And when it comes to the LGBTQ+ dating scene, each new app means a better shot at happiness. Or at least the best hookup of your life.

Two new technologies that just busted onto the queer scene are promising to make life a bit easier for the adventurous, the curious, or the easily-bored. The first, the Danish-developed iPassion, is a gaming app for couples, one which promises to “spice things up” by quizzing you about your partner’s deepest, darkest desires. What happens if you win? “Hot prizes.” Those you can figure out yourself, though the app has no shortage of suggestions.

     “We wanted to create a game that was a fun and entertaining way for people to improve their sex lives – by sparking fun conversations about their sexual preferences and fantasies,” says J. Martin Moeller, the iPassion founder. “According to our data analysis of users in the United States more than four in five couples would consider role-playing. Our app delves into what type of role-playing most tickles your fancy and in turn, can bring couples closer together.”

    You also get to dive deep into turn-offs, insecurities, and fears. Yikes. But hey, it’s all in the name of love, right?

    The second new technology-based service on the scene is the curiously-named Mixalot, a company that’s been around for some time and has just recently started partnering with the likes of the HER Los Angeles app for queer women as well as L.A. Queer Jewish community JQ International to host a series of L.A.-based speed dating sessions for queer women. Since this is the kind of thing that’s best done in person, Mixalot, in addition to having just launched their website QueerSpeedDating.com, is working on sponsoring a mix of events throughout different L.A. locales to encourage participants to “match and mingle based on preference” via smartphone software. The goal is to get people from all different backgrounds talking, dating, and feeling each other out. The latest event, in association with Match.com, is titled “Quick Dates: Femmes 4 Femmes,” and will take place at L.A.’s Cellar 43 on August 31.

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