Once upon a time, gay men had to rely first on bars and then on anonymous Internet chat rooms to find other men. These days, apps like Grindr, Adam4Adam and SCRUFF make it easy to pinpoint the exact location of that guy who will become the next notch in your bedpost.
Good riddance to the bad days scanning pictures via USB cords, dial-up Internet and desperate phone calls with jumbled directions to some random apartment 20 subway stops away. Even with the marvel of GPS, sometimes these mainstream apps are just not, well, specific enough.
In the same way cable has disrupted the business model of the major television networks by hitting key niches with great content, so too a new generation of app founders are attempting to both fill and create new needs, pun intended.
Check out these nine gay apps you may not have heard of that will change your life (or at least your Saturday night).
This app appears geared towards twinks and their fans. Looking for a toned 20-something in your area? Download the app (it’s free!) and search the thousands and thousands of profiles. Your future long term relationship, and we do mean long term with these young dudes, may be just around the corner… or down the block.
Feeling lonely on a Friday night? GPScort can help. This new app helps users locate escorts, rentboys and porn stars in their area. Or as the app’s motto puts it: “Like Grindr for escorts!”
Want to get tied up? Whipped? Peed on? RECON is the app for you. This is to go-to place for gay and bi men into leather, kink and fetishes. And with over 1.2 million users in over 230 countries, there’s literally someone for every scene.
ManPlay offers a 100 percent guarantee that you’ll find someone to hook up with. And if you don’t? Whatever. It’s free. Whether you’re looking to meet a guy or a group, ManPlay promises just that: Man play.
Mister is an app run by daddyhunt.com that’s geared towards older gay men and their admirers. Whether you’re looking for a little hanky panky or something more serious, Mister offers a one-stop shop for silver foxes.
Find out where the bears are with GROWLr, an app designed exclusively for gay bears. With over two million users, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a bear in your neck of the woods. Grrrr.
This app calls itself “a place for gays to be gay.” It’s less of a hookup app and more for guys looking for relationships. Or at least that’s what it claims. The name implies otherwise.
This app claims to be the “gay social network with the hottest guys.” Although, truthfully, it pretty much features all the same dudes you see on Grindr. But the unapologetically arrogant name adds a fun factor.
And for an added bonus…
GayCities isn’t a dating app, but we had to give a little shout out to our parent company. Find and rate nearby gay bars, restaurants, and shops, as well as events and parties happening in your area. It’s easy and it’s free, just like we like our men.