by Hannah Koning
It can be tough to find and meet queer or trans friends in day-to-day life, especially if you live in a small town or you aren’t out yet. Luckily, we’ve got the Internet. Here are a bunch of places to meet LGBTQ+ folks online!
TrevorSpace is an online community for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-24. Unlike The Trevor Project’s call, text, and chat services, TrevorSpace is available internationally and is peer-to-peer.
This Tumblr blog lets you submit an introductory post about yourself and specify what kinds of friends you’d like to make. You can also read the posts of hundred of other queer and trans young people looking to connect with people just like them. You can message folks you think you might click with, but it’s also just a great place to hear from LGBTQ+ people around the world and know that there are so many people sharing similar experiences and feelings.
This site is a collection of forums and topic threads where you can ask questions, get support, and chat about anything from gaming to mental health with queer and trans people.
While HER bills itself as primarily a dating app, it’s also a social app. Despite the name, HER provides a variety of pronoun options as well as the ability to tailor your own. HER was created “for queer womxn by queer womxn,” and features 18 sexuality and 17 gender options. Note: HER has an age restriction of 18+.
Qutie is similar to HER but is available to anyone under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. They even specifically advertise their platform as trans, ace, and intersex-friendly. They also focus more heavily on friendship than HER does, though they are restricted to 18+ users as well.
While there will be a standalone Amino app for LGBT+ folks for a little longer, the main Amino app will soon replace it. However, Amino allows you to choose LGBTQ+ as a main interest, set your gender as nonbinary, and find dozens of communities for queer, trans, and questioning folks. The app is for users 13 and up.
Meetup allows people to post group activities, club meetings, and events both large and small happening in their towns and cities. Search the site to see if there are any events geared towards LGBTQ+ folks in your community.
Reddit & Facebook
These social media sites boast dozens of subreddits and groups bustling with queer and trans folks. A great thing about these communities is that they can be as broad or specific as you like. Of course there are larger, overarching LGBTQ+ groups, but there are also smaller, more tailored groups for all sorts of identities. Want to connect with more asexual people? Wish you could hear from more Two-Spirit folks? Need a space to discuss nonbinary life? Simply search and see what’s out there.
Always be safe and cautious when meeting new people online. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t continue chatting.