M y friend — call him Henry — thinks that we should start at the Equinox gym. But the place is crowded. The checkout line snakes around the stacked packs of organic beer almost to the door. By playing, I do mean playing: I have been happily married for a year and a half, and am not looking for dates, just subjects to chat with. Most of them seem to boil down to stereotypes. They go something like: gay men are promiscuous.
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The dating app provides a way to expand my dating pool beyond the usual crop of friends, exes and friends of exes. But why do men pop up in my feed of potential matches when my account is set to see women-identified profiles only? To be honest, it creeps me out to know that men can see my profile after all, Tinder is a two-way street. As a femme lesbian who is often mistaken for straight, I get enough unwanted attention from men.
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Regardless of your sexual orientation, dating is hard. It was my first lesbian relationship and her first relationship ever. It seemed like all the odds were against us: No one could know about us, we were soon leaving for different universities, and she was totally inexperienced. When we were physically together, it felt as if love alone was enough to make us work.
Tinder is an American geosocial networking and online dating application that allows users to anonymously swipe to like or dislike other profiles based on their photos, a small bio, and common interests. Once two users have "matched", they can exchange messages. Tinder launched in within startup incubator Hatch Labs   as a joint venture between IAC and mobile app development firm Xtreme Labs. Sign up requires a mobile device. Tinder operates on a freemium business model.