If you’re genderqueer, where do you look for a lover who will accept your identity unquestioningly?Thurst is “the first dating app designed for queer people of all genders.” It was designed by Morgen Bromell, a queer woman of color who was tired of seeing cisgender white men dictate the app-based dating industry.Founded by Diana Kalkoul and Neda Robat-Meily, two 20-something Sydneysiders who both have backgrounds in technology, the app aims to be LGBTQ-friendly from the start. that are kind of frustrated with the lack of inclusivity dating apps present people with," Kalkoul told The pair looked at dating apps like OKCupid — traditional and a bit slow — and Tinder — the first to double-down on mobile — but found none were quite right."Tinder always catered to the hetero-market first," she said, "so you could either be male, you could either be female ... K___ was a young professor at a university there in New York, tall and handsome, white with bright blue eyes. He was that sort of dangerous beauty with a knack for knowing just what I dreamed about."Just because you cross paths with someone, it doesn't actually mean you could have something in common with them.
"We're creating a time pressure to push people to go out there and talk to people and get offline." While the location feature sounds somewhat similar to the app Happn, a comparison Kalkoul said she'd heard before, she argued that Winkd's check-in feature will also be an advantage.
It was adopted by queer people and kind of augmented, but that was never the purpose." Winkd aims to capture some of Tinder's immediacy, but break down the barriers even further to taking that awkward first step when meeting someone new.
On Winkd, you check into a location, be it a park or a LGBTQ club night, and you can see who else has checked in.
A straight white man created Tinder, and almost all other dating apps have stemmed from that, implementing a swipe-based system that doesn’t always work for queer people.
Bromell created Thurst for “queer, cis, trans and non-binary folk who are seeking to connect in person.” What makes it different from other queer dating apps?