With gays being widely accepted in Australia (at long last!), the ways for them to find true love has also become much wider, and with online dating sites, your perfect someone could be just a click away!
Going online is probably the easiest way to search for almost everything — even for finding your future partner. Be it for men, women, lesbians, gays, bisexuals or transgenders, even for seniors, online dating sites could be your best bet.
Below are some of the websites we found if you want to find your happily ever after online, and particularly for gay Aussies, we’ve got some of the most popular online dating sites for you. Good luck in finding your match!
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Grindr is designed with men in mind and how they can find their perfect someone. It’s great for gay men who want to search for singles in their area, either for quick hookups or deep relationships.
It was launched in 2009, and since then, Grindr has become the world’s largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people, and is now available in nearly 200 countries, giving more options for love seekers.
- Location Based Site
Best for: A good quick quickie with a stranger. Wear a condom – perhaps two!
With over 12 million guys across the world for you to connect, date, hook up or make friends with, Scruff is the site for you. It is location-based and has a private album sharing feature which makes it friendly for hookups.
It also has a Venture option for guys who want to travel. Just publish your travel agenda on your profile so the guys in your destination city will know you’re visiting their city. You can also chat with locals and travellers in your area of destination so you can ask for tips. Or you can be a Scruff Ambassador and volunteer to take Scruff guys visiting your home city for their dream trip.
Best For: Sex When travelling. This is a ‘two condom’ site.
If you’re looking for either romance, hook up, make friends, or even for business networking, getting a job, moving or vacationing, Hornet has it for you. It has over 18 million gay men users from almost anywhere in the world, and since it’s location-based, you can meet up with other users near your area.
Hornet also has a feature that shows concern for its users by encouraging its users to get checked for HIV for good sexual health.
Best for: Ummm casual sex
Launched in 2002, Gay Match Maker helps thousands of single gay men in Australia gather together for fun, friendship and romance. It has 300,000 members who are all verified, meaning there are no fake accounts here.
The site does not post fake dating profiles as it has a profile verification feature that asks for a photo of the user (for administrative purposes), some identification documents such as driver’s licence and/or passport and through the “Post Validation” feature on profile pages, members can validate one another.
It also supports webcam and chat options for the convenience of its users. It also allows users to travel, go on a gay cruise, and other tours, and is also full of events for gay men.
There’s a free trial membership but if you want to take part in events and communicate with the members, subscription starts at $12.91/month.
Best For: Real people looking for real relationships.
Finding serious romance for a lasting relationship is just a few clicks away with Elite Singles. Just register, answer an in-depth questionnaire and build your profile and you’re on your way to meeting your perfect partner.
It also has an intelligent matchmaking feature that allows them to match you with 3-7 members if you take their personality test. It also has tips for online dating — from sending the first messages to getting ready for your first date.
All accounts are also verified by its Customer Care team, which means everyone you will meet here are well-intentioned and are in for lasting and deeper connection.
Best for: Fancy gay people looking for sex.
Other Online Dating Sites for both Gay and Hetro:
Whether you’re looking for men, women, gays or lesbians, Zoosk allows a unique dating experience for its users. It has over 35 million users worldwide looking for romance and friendship.
It has a Zoosk Scientific Matchmaking Service that lets users answer a list of compatibility questions to help you connect with like-minded users. It then sends you a match once a day, which you can entertain or reject.
You can also purchase gifts through Zoosk using its virtual currency.
One of the more serious online dating sites is eHarmony. It has a thorough sign up process. It also has different quizzes such as compatibility quizzes that will ask you about yourself and what you want in a partner, some in-depth questions that will assess your personality.
You can open an account for free but with very limited services such as no access to photos, but it allows you to match with other users and shows how high of a match you are with that person in some categories such as your beliefs. However, you need to subscribe to be able to totally use the site.
Best for: People looking for real long term relationships and marriage.
This is one of the most popular online dating site. It lets you connect with Facebook and Instagram to simplify the creation of your dating profile in Tinder. You can use up to six photos on your Facebook to add to your Tinder profile.
Matching is also easy on Tinder. Just swipe to the right if you’re interested, and swipe to the left if you’re not.
Once you swipe right, you can send messages or GIFs to that person through a private chat session. You can also delete matches by “unmatch,” and report users who display inappropriate photos or messages.
However, the downside with Tinder is with its free account, you can only be matched to users within a 100-mile radius. But, if you signup for Tinder Plus or Gold, you can view anyone from across the world.
Best for: Casual sex with a hot stranger.
Seniors who are single need not worry if they’re still single at 50 or over. Now, there are online dating sites that will cater to their need for love and companionship from someone even across the world, and one perfect example is Silver Singles.
Silver Singles was launched as PrimeSingles.net in 2002, then became Single Seniors Meet in 2009, and recently, SilverSingles in 2011. It offers senior dating opportunities in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, and Germany.
Joining is free. Just give your basic personal information and you can then build your profile by answering a comprehensive questionnaire that asks about your preferences, personality, and lifestyle. Once completed, matching begins, either by matching your score and your shared interests, or displaying a profile that you may accept or reject.
All Silver Singles accounts are also verified through ID Authentication, SSL Encryption, and a Fraud Detection System to protect the privacy of its members.
However, with just its free membership, users can’t see other user’s photos and who viewed their profiles, receive or read messages, comment on photos or contact users, among others. These can only be availed with a paid subscription.
Best for: Over 50’s looking for relationships or a quick roll in the hay.
Another single senior online dating site is Single 60s. It has thousands of Australian members who you can interact, make friends, and find romance.
Its Encounters feature lets you see other single’s photos and mark if you want to get to know them better. If you’re a match, you can then strike a conversation. You can also see who viewed you and make a list of your possible matches. There’s also a dating diary where you can jot down your dating journey.
Signing up is free but if you want to avail more of its services, Single 60s offers a subscription of $79.95 for one month, $56.65 per months for three months, or $40.00 per month for 6 months, or $35.00 per month for one year.
Best for: Seniors looking for love