Can Gay Men Use Bumble- The New Dating App?

A couple of former Tinder employees broke away from their roots to start up their own Tinder competitor – a new application called Bumble.


In terms of design and interface, Bumble is almost identical to Tinder. Everything from profile pages, settings, and gestures is all the same.

The main difference between Tinder and Bumble is that on Bumble, girls hold all the power. Just like on Tinder, two people first have to like each other before any match is made. However, on Bumble, the girl has to make the first move by sending a message otherwise no communication between the guy and girl can be made. If the woman doesn’t message you, the match disappears forever.

Men have the option to pick *one* girl they matched with per day and extend that match for an additional 24 in hopes that she just might send a message.

So you may be wondering: what if you aren’t looking for girls?
Well if you squint, you’ll see they address that on the first page.

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See it? (It’s under the 4th bullet)

It took me a minute to notice it but it’s there. If you click on that, you’ll be brought to the following page:

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So in other words, Bumble will function identically to Tinder for gay men and lesbians. Since the app eliminates the new “girls go first” rule for same-sex matches, the unique aspects of Bumble no longer apply.

I think it’s awesome that Bumble’s team recognized the possibility of LGBT users downloading the app and has incorporated these exceptions into their app’s design. Without them, gay men obviously wouldn’t be able to meet any other guys on Bumble since we neither one of us would be able to initiate a conversation with each other. Hahaha.

Lesbians, on the other hand, would both be able to start a conversation and in that way, again, Bumble wouldn’t be different from any other apps that homosexual women already have access to.

I guess the bottom line is that while LGBT people can download, match, and interact on Bumble, it doesn’t appear to have been designed for us. My personal opinion is to skip Bumble and stick with the other apps where some sort of a LGBT community has already been established.

4 thoughts

  1. ummm there is STILL a BIG DIFFERENCE you are totally overlooking: the conversation must start within 24 hours! that still totally changes the ballgame!

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