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The more I sit with this realization, the more I am convinced that a huge element of the challenge came from the fact that dating sites and other social media groups geared toward dating just aren't that “user-friendly” for trans people.
In my case (and perhaps for many trans folks), going online for potential romance felt like a safe first step in cultivating my new, authentic self—in being able to reach out to others as the man that I was and am.
If Spark Networks or another company created an app tailored to the Christian LGBT community, they say, there would be a market. Follow Acts of Faith on Twitter or sign up for our newsletter.
Prior to the lawsuit, the site offered two options: man seeking woman, or woman seeking man.
Bumble has made great strides for women in the dating space, and we believe Chappy will do the same for gay men.” Chappy has yet to announce a launch date, but the company is allowing users to sign up for the service early through Facebook.
Part of me is tempted to say this is universal—that everyone kind of hates it. Of course, I didn’t self-identify as a woman inside—so that part wasn’t easy.
For a lot of gay Christian men especially, there can be a kind of uneasy relationship with those apps, where they want to meet people, but not to be seen as looking for a hookup,” Lee said.
Mann added that an openly Christian profile on a gay dating site — like his, which says he is in seminary — tends to surprise most gay men, and not in a good way.
“If the experience is already going to be limited or they’re going to treat this community as just kind of an afterthought, then why?