Seeking a same-sex relationship online is no different than searching through CatholicMatch.com, JDate.com or bdsm.com to find your targeted niche. Same sex singles can benefit from the mainstream dating sites, such as Match or eHarmony, as both services cater to the same-sex community.
Gay and Lesbian singles need to understand what they hope to gain from their online journey in order to select the right dating site. The same online dating etiquette applies — be honest about who you are and what type of relationship you seek. If you are bisexual, the expectation would be that you list yourself as bisexual, even if do not have that requirement for a potential match. The principle is no different when listing whether you smoke or drink. So how do you get started? The hardest part of jumping in is knowing which site best suits your needs. 5 Ways To Manage Your Online Dating Despair
- OKCupid is a free site that connects LGBT singles. With a mass following, finding someone to grab a drink with at the end of the work week or to take to a wine tasting involves surfing profiles of members who live nearby with similar tastes. The downfall is that a free site does not have any barrier to enter – anyone can click in and subscribe. As with any free site, you run the risk of meeting people who are less than committed in the search for Happily Ever After. Use caution, and be sure to vet thoroughly through many of the Toad-Proofing tips available online. OKCupid goes one step further by allowing members to block straight singles from viewing their profile.
- Chemistry has 975,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members. This site does most of the work for you through strong personality matching results. Members of Chemistry.com are limited in their ability to search independently through profiles. The site caters mostly to relationship-driven singles over 35 using unique analytical questions, such as selecting a color to demonstrate your personality. Members on this site are serious about their searches for companionship since a six-month subscription costs 160 dollars.
- Match has approximately 650,000 LGBT members. Safety and discretion are important, so Match offers members a disclosure feature. This means that singles can reveal themselves only after they have accepted communications. However, the majority of the paying members keep their profiles visible, allowing for open searching. Match.com also offers suggestions in the "Daily Five" and in search functions. Members create profiles using a questionnaire that showcases their, interests, lifestyle and values. A six-month membership costs 100 dollars. Top 10 Tips For Designing Your Online Dating Profile
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