Millions of people seek out dating apps in hopes of finding true love (or at least a fun fling). However, what happens if you are bisexual and none of the dating apps allow you to fully be yourself?
That is the problem with the majority of dating apps. Few of them allow users to select “bisexual” or “seeking both men and women.”
“Despite being part of the very well-known acronym LGBT, the B is very frequently forgotten,” said Holly Brockwell, editor of Gadgette.
“Usually they just leave us out entirely,” she says. “They know they’ll get in trouble if they don’t cater for gay people, but since they’re acting out of fear of reprisal and not out of a genuine desire to be inclusive, they don’t think of anyone else.”
A couple years ago, Match.com finally build into its service the ability to select bisexual; however, most dating apps still do not. And some new apps, like Inner Circle and Coffee Meets Bagel just assume that the users are heterosexual.
A new women-only app, called Her, has been launched to solve part of the problem. With Her, the user can choose to identify as lesbian, queer, gay, bisexual, bi-curious, fluid, pansexual, flexisexual, polysexual, aesexual, questioning, etc. Robyn Exton, the bisexual creator, says: “There were already some great products for straight people where I could easily get a date with a dude, but finding women in a product I wanted to use was much harder. So I wanted to make a way for women to meet each other.”
Clocked, a London based dating app, was also developed to be inclusive and allows people to search for both men and women. However, it still does not include transgender as an option when setting up a user profile.
So, what has your experience been with dating apps? How much harder is it to be a bisexual or transgender user?