From platforms geared toward religious affiliations to social class delineations to ones for Disney aficionados yes, that exists , there seems to be something for everyone nowadays. In regards to gay men, in particular, the app market is riddled with options centered on appearance: Very little are actually grounded in emotional connections—a pervasive characteristic that Chappy , a new app created by the parent company of Bumble, is trying to circumvent.
Founded in , Chappy aims to be a judgment-free space. It takes away the focus on height, weight and ethnicity, which have become the primary drivers for getting a swipe right—aka a match. On other better-known gay apps like Scruff and Grindr, profiles often feature headless photos of users with washboard abs or beefy biceps, and prompts indicating the kind of physical attributes they are looking for, or not looking for. And though many are slowly but surely changing their ways and becoming less sex-driven, the stigma that they promoted early on is still hard to shake.
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Chappy , on the other hand, has been seemingly PC from the onset. Its Youtube videos and online advertisements promote inclusivity, showcasing a range of men from all walks of life—and not just those who live at the gym. Recently, for Pride Month, Chappy hosted a string of events to get its name out in the queer community in New York.
That said, the app is still better than most. Online dating is a dog-eat-dog space, but with a philosophy based of forming meaningful connections, Chappy is certainly a welcome, and much-needed reprieve from the norm. The community deserves a space to make these quality connections away from prejudice and judgment—in a space where they are accepted for who they are. Gradually, and with the help of a small team, Ma grew his site into an online community.
In November , they launched the Blued app, closely modeled at the time on U. Users were able to connect with other users near them, view their profiles, and start chatting.
Chen Liang not his real name , an early adopter of Blued, said that before apps like Blued appeared, LGBT people in China often had trouble finding dates and friendship, especially in smaller cities. Zhang interviewed boys who said they created their Blued accounts when they were as young as Multiple high-schoolers that he spoke to said they had met up with older men through the app, and some had been pressured into having sex. Zhang said that a number of underage interviewees told him they had contracted HIV from people they met through Blued.
Zhang has not published his research but shared his findings with Caixin. Hu Wei not his real name , the leader of a major LGBT community welfare organization who asked not to be identified by his real name, said that in the past two years almost all the new cases of HIV infection found by his organization involved people who had met sexual partners through Blued, including one year-old boy. Hu also told Caixin he had encountered in his work children as young as 12 who said they were using Blued.
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