Even gay-geared apps, in the hopes of finding success like heavy hitters Match and OKCupid, design their gender and sexuality options to mimic their straight counterparts.
What's the point of catering to niche markets if you're not even going to bother researching their actual needs?
Gone are the days of skimming for the obligatory "*queer not bi...**sexual anarchist not queer" footnotes in the profiles of folks who couldn't be summed up by the app's surprisingly limited self-identifiers, given its millennial-heavy user base.
But don't get too trigger-happy deleting that tedious paragraph where you're forced to queersplain what a special snowflake you are.
Enter Tinder: the sleek dopamine rush your brain has been craving.
As pretty much every queer woman knows: Tinder is god-awful.
Of course, I hadn't been doing anything wrong; Tinder is just an atrocious app for queer women.
Plus, as much as I would love to while away my time in the Trader Joe's line swiping, I inevitably get a "no more matches found near you" time-out after just a few minutes.
If you're not straight, Tinder doesn't care about you. DOWN, formerly Bang With Friends, boasts 500,000 downloads and connects with your Facebook to let you swipe on your Facebook friends, and also their friends.
The "interested in" mechanism doesn't care if you're looking for women; your feed will be flooded with dudes.
The women it does show you then, ostensibly, might not even be looking for women, so your gaydar has to be super on-point.
If OKCupid is going to go through the trouble of helping users self-identify in more authentic ways, then why not finish the job and help them actually attract and match with the sorts of partners in whom they're interested?