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Her is more than just an LGBTQ dating app for women
Her may have started as a dating app designed for women seeking women, but after years of development, a much-needed name change, and the creator…
Her may have started as a dating app designed for women seeking women, but after years of development, a much-needed name change, and the creator going full-time on the app, it has become so much more. Now lesbians and others in the LGBTQ space are able to use Her to date, find friends, and explore their identity. All without the fear of ever being judged or looked at differently.
Users never have to feel like they’ve been put into a box. Creator Robyn Exton believed that from the start, so rather than a checkbox that says your dating preference, both gender identity and sexuality are completely optional fields. it includes more than a dozen sexual preference options and a variety of more than 25 gender expressions. So choose one if you’d like or feel free to resist any pressure to label yourself.
Aside from dating and finding a partner, Her is home to a vast community of users. Find women who share your interests, seek out local gatherings, or have conversations on any number of topics — such as what its like being a queer woman of color.
Her is unapologetically inclusive to women but it takes more than a great idea to make a great app. Her is one of the best looking dating apps I’ve researched. Seriously, the design is onpoint. The app is light, fun, and airy that makes you feel slightly energized and excited to be perusing the app. The app doesn’t go down the typical route of overly abundant rainbows, but instead keeps things subtle. You still see rainbow-like nuances like pastel rainbow accents that curve around the user base’s profile pics.
It sports lovely custom lineicons to represent non-common menu items such as your matches. Looking through the app, it comes off as a modern, accepting, inclusive social platform rather than just another dating app that hopes to capitalize on a niche audience. This is a far cry from something like “Farmer’s Only.”
Design and social features aside, Her is beyond all else, a safe space. It is a place to feel included, to have conversations, to meet like-minded folk, to discover nearby events, and of course — to find love. More apps should adopt the mix of inclusivity and modern design that Exton has managed to pull off with Her. While I may not be Her’s target audience, I can still appreciate the great work that’s been done.
But enough about other people's apps.