I stared down at my phone screen, drafting and redrafting the perfect bio that would help me land my one true love—or at least a coffee date. After all, I spent almost an hour curating six photos of myself that were both cute and conversation starters: vintages dresses, bookstores, me in a ball pit—typical artsy girl. Dating in a small rural town is hard; dating in a small rural town as a queer person is its own level of difficult. When I returned to my small conservative town as a liberal queer woman, it was a bit of a readjustment period. How do I tell people?
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Let's be real — most things in our society are designed for white, straight, cisgender, non-disabled people. That means many apps may lack safe spaces for people with disabilities , people of color , or people in the LGBTQ community, and especially transgender people and those with varying gender identities. That's particularly important to know since most young people no longer identify as straight. Here are the most inclusive dating apps around in Sure, OKCupid is historically pretty heterosexual , but the app has actually changed quite a bit in recent years.
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Tinder is pretty much the same as the opposite-sex version, but you can change your settings to see just women or both men and women, depending on your preference. Fem is another favored dating app for lesbians and bisexuals because of its video-dating feature. Here, you can meet others, send pictures or just chat and connect. BiCupid is a dating app for bisexual and bi-curious individuals and is the No.
No matter your method, dating isn't easy. You can post up in your local watering hole and keep your eyes peeled for a gal or nonbinary person who strikes your fancy. You could ask your friends to set you up with one of their friends. Or you could join a club, take a class, or get engaged with a queer advocacy group where you're likely to meet like-minded romantic interests.