June 24, 2024 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Feeling More Confident in the Gay Dating Scene

Finding love can be difficult, and statistically it is shown that gay dating can be even harder. However, don’t let this dissuade you: in a hetero-normative world, this is no surprise, but times are definitely changing and there are apps to help you along the way! Whether you are looking for a bit of fun this summer, or are seeking a more long-term relationship, here are some of the best tips surrounding gay dating, to meet all of your needs. 

Finding the Best Gay Dating Apps of 2022 

Step one to gay dating is to get yourself onto the best gay dating apps of this year! Luckily, this market of apps is really expanding as more companies are embracing being progressive and inclusive. It must also be acknowledged that gay people often feel alienated on some apps, but fear not because Top10 reviews some of the best gay dating apps and sites for LGBTQ+ users. 

What is best about these apps is that each of them is designed for a different purpose, so you will match with people who have similar intentions to you within the dating scene. Hopefully, this way you can avoid timewasters and really find out exactly what it is you are searching for! 

Dating apps are definitely the way forward in the modern day: not everyone is extroverted or always wants to be going out to meet new people, but with dating apps you can do this from the comfort of your home and get to know others a little before committing to meeting up. Dates can be as casual as you like – from a daytime walk, to a coffee, to a drink at a bar. Your intentions may determine what kind of dates you go on, so make sure you do whatever feels comfortable! 

Making Your Profile Accurate and Exciting 

When you have decided which app or apps to download, the next step is making your profile. Your profile is going to be somebody’s first impression of you, so make sure you are happy with how it portrays your personality and appearance! It is also very important to keep it accurate – no one likes a ‘catfish’. Why not try including a range of photographs of yourself, which show you in a number of settings: for instance, you may want to include a couple of solo shots, a few doing an activity you love, as well as a few with friends. 

Most apps give the opportunity to write something as a part of your profile, so why not try being a little witty, or asking a question to entice people who see you on the app? Try to always ask people questions back if they ask you something, no one likes people to seem self-obsessed or disinterested in you. A conversation flows the best when you are speaking equal amounts and the conversation is not being dominated by one person. 

Staying Safe and Aware 

It must be noted that everyone using dating apps should be aware of their safety at all times. If you are getting along with somebody well and are planning to meet, the best thing to do is to meet in a busy and crowded setting, so that you can get to know them while in a safe environment. You should also tell a few friends what you are getting up to, including who you are meeting and where you are going. There is absolutely no pressure to stay with a date longer than you want to, so if at any point you feel uncomfortable, simply say goodbye! 

Being Respectful at All Times 

Being respectful when on dating apps is a number one rule. Particularly on gay dating apps, people might already feel less accepted, so it is important to be super conscious surrounding not offending anybody. This can include not making any jokes that may be taken offensively, especially if you don’t know someone well and aren’t familiar with their sense of humor or levels of sensitivity. 

Likewise, ‘ghosting’ is often a problem on dating apps, this being the act of ignoring somebody, especially once you have met them. Stay respectful and if your desires or situation has changed then communicate this, so that the people you are speaking to don’t get self-conscious or overthink about what they may have done for you to treat them this way. 

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Remember, these apps are out there to have fun and meet new people! Try not to get too disheartened if it takes a while to meet somebody, or if someone isn’t looking for the same thing as you. Don’t let dating apps define your worth, and if you ever feel as though they aren’t making you happy anymore, you can always take a break for a few months. These apps can be equally good for just making friends, so keep an open mind! 

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