5 Best Ways to Meet People in the LGBTQ+ Community
Author : Emily Clarke | Published On : 20 Sep 2021
It can be difficult to find other LGBTQ+ people, whether you’re in a town, city or rural area, especially because it’s hard to get out and socialize because of a pandemic. The good news is that there are ways to find LGBTQ+ groups and friends online. Here are six of the best ways.
1. Turn to Social Media
Use a number of social media sites, like Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr. You can see people’s bios, their interests, what they support, and what they say. Some LGBTQ+ people aren't comfortable with revealing everything about themselves, but you can make friends and then friends of friends. However, you will want to avoid accounts that don’t show any friends, pictures or anything in their profiles. A general search of “LGBTQ+” and your city can help you find LGBTQ+ groups.
2. Use Meetup
You might be able to get good results from Meetup.com if you search terms like bisexual, transgender, LGBTQ, lesbian or gay. There, you’ll be able to find any type of group you are searching for. You can find groups to cook with, play softball with, watch movies with, hike and anything else you’re into. There are also virtual options if you don’t want to venture out.
3. Dating Sites and Apps
You might be into dating or just want someone fun to hang around with. You can use a dating site or app for either intention. Just be upfront about what you’re looking for. The dating app HER is for non-binary, trans, lesbian, bi and queer people. Reach out and meet new people. Whether you’re looking for friends or lesbian personals, HER can help you find what you want.
4. Empty Closets
Empty Closets is a forum for ages 13 years and up. There, you can discuss everything under the sun. Empty Closets can be a cool place to meet people, but you should be careful if you’re going to meet up in real life. You can’t trust everyone right off the bat and need to see a history in their profile, with friends and pictures.
TrevorSpace is a place where 13- to 24-year-olds can connect and get involved in LGBTQ+ communities.
Emily Clarke writes about social networking apps and LGBT community. You can find her thoughts at lesbian ally blog.