Gay Dating, Gay Dating, Gay Dating….it really is a pain in the *ss sometimes. People are always trying to figure out which gay dating sites are the best and which gay dating sites are for what and how can they better use gay dating sites to their advantage to find anything and everything from a hookup to love or a romantic fling. I’ve been online since the early mid 90′s and have tried tons of gay dating websites throughout the years,,,,sure I was a teenager back then, but that didn’t stop me from signing up lol. I have been on the smaller ones like GKiss to the giants like Gay.com, the ones for love like myPartner and the ones for sex like Manhunt. Regardless of what you are looking for, I am going to update this post on a fairly regular basis and help to guide you through the tangled web of gay dating websites and gay social networks and communities.
So I’m going to start with MyPartner.
MyPartner is run by the fabulous Patrick Perrine out of San Francisco California. Much like Patty from the Millionaire Matchmaker on Bravo, Patrick has dedicated his life now to helping gay men find true love through his gay dating website and community MyPartner.com.
MyPartner is not a site for those looking for a cheap thrill, this site is designed to help you find true love. Unfortunately it is not open to lesbians, but it does cater to gay men of all types, lifestyles, interests and beliefs. I really enjoy mypartner a lot and one thing that also makes this gay dating community special is that they have a ton of actually active profiles. Patrick takes great pride in keeping his gay dating site alive and kicking. If you find a profile on myPartner that you like, there is a very good chance that person is still active and you will actually be able to get in contact with them. The other thing I learned from myPartner.com is that most of the people on there are serious about finding love and getting married. They really do want to find their partner and because of that you will find real pictures and accurate information for the most part. At least that is my experience. myPartner.com is a site I highly recommend.
Now this site Pride Dating is cool in it’s own way. I’ll get the bad out of the way first, then get to the good. The thing I didn’t like about this site is that is sometimes freezes up and if you are not familiar with social media sites and how different apps work, this may not be the site for you. I also found the community to be very friendly and almost more about making friends or random hookups then finding love. Then again, it is a gay dating site and not a gay love or gay matchmaking site.
PrideDating.com is actually a site that I do enjoy using and love it because of it’s uniqueness and really cool social media and gay social network attributes. I like all of the widgets and I really like how you can rate people, set tags on them and really build out a gay social dating site and community. Pride Dating is a very fast growing community and I am enjoying being a part of it. I do recommend pridedating.com and hey, you can’t go wrong with a free trial membership.
So this is a site I stumbled across and actually do not know much about. I don’t know if I would recommend it yet like the ones below, but there are a few things that caught my attention with it, besides the name which I love. The first being that Metrodate.com is a gay friendly dating site. You can search by what sex you are looking for and in which zipcodes. Another feature I like is that there is a directory and it looks like ideas listed for people that needs help generating ideas for their dates on what they should do and where they should go. I saw a party listing section as well as dining and more. Metrodate.com is also a free site so hey, if you don’t like it, you can always leave it.
So GKiss is actually a site I came across and liked back in 2005 or 6, but I did have one major problem with it. I saw no active members. That had frustrated me and all the profiles and people I had contacted were completely not active. The couple of people I did get ahold of weren’t actually interested or already found other people. However, this did not stop me from checking back in with GKiss.com later on in 2008.
When I returned, sure enough my old profiles were abandoned, but still able to be logged into (bad user experience), but what I did like is that I created a new free profile and to my surprise, people were actually messaging me and there was an active community built out. I know that communities take a long time to build and that it is not easy keeping an active gay sating site or social community, but I am very happy that GKiss was able to do it. I enjoyed this site a lot as it was one of the very first and original gay web 2.0 social media sites and I am happy to recommend you all to GKiss. Although I don’t know what your experience will be, you may want to try opening a free profile on GKiss.com and see if you can find true love, friends or even just casual dates.
So this site is Gay Friend Finder which is part of the friend finder series of dating sites. Personally I think it is more of a hookup site than anything else, however I do know some people that have had short to medium sized relationships from it, so if your thing is a hubby for the year then an upgrade for the next, gayfriendfinder.com could easily be the right site for you.