PERSONALS is a lo-fi, text-based dating & social app for LBTQIA+, based on old school newspaper personals. PERSONALS currently lives on Instagram @_personals_ with a thriving community of over 56k. We are building PERSONALS app, an independent space for queers to meet.
PERSONALS is open to LBTQIA+ non-binary, gender non-conforming & dykes. We encourage QPOC, people with children, 40+ crowd, rural queers, people with disabilities, people with chronic illnesses, asexuals worldwide to write personals to connect with other queers.
100% of PayPal (PayPal.me/FundPersonals) & Venmo (@FundPersonals) contributions will go directly to building the PERSONALS app, to pay the engineers, designer, interns, and other costs of building PERSONALS. Send funds 'friends & family' to avoid fees.
This past Summer 2018 PERSONALS completed a successful Kickstarter campaign & raised over $43,000. The app is currently being built for both iOS & Android. We need to raise more funding to fully realize the product & to create app our community needs. We are currently beta testing the app with our Kickstarter backers.
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The Instagram account is not going away! It will complement PERSONALS the app, sharing & highlighting select PERSONALS.
PERSONALS maintains a strict no tolerance policy on transphobic/racist/hateful comments and submissions. A healthy, loving community is our top priority.
PERSONALS is not for straight cis couples or cis men.
“I love the self-representation this forum provides. I never can quite figure out what “kind” of gay I am, and seeing all the different ways that people do gay and look for love and express their interests and desires is so powerful.”—KP
“6 weeks of sexting led to an overlapping weekend in NYC with a babe who lives across the ocean. We connected over our shared love of queer theory, activism, and radical tenderness. The personal ad process is so powerful for identifying what you really want and putting it out into the universe. Manifesting is real! I'm now dating the butch babe of my dreams, and I swear almost every butch babe I corresponded with after my personal posted is now dating the femme babe of their dreams.”—HW
“I placed my ad after a particularly hellish 2017, with little expectation … but the person I’ve met has reaffirmed my faith in everything wonderful & I’ve never hit it off with anyone so quickly! We went on a date while we happened to be in the same country and it turned into two weeks together … I’m flying out to the US for a few weeks, for our second ‘date’. I CANT THANK YOU ENOUGH!”—SJ
There are so many stories, these are only a few.
PERSONALS Instagram was founded by Kelly Rakowski, also founder of the lesbian culture Instagram @h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y.
PERSONALS is inspired by the personal ads of the women-run erotica magazine of ’80s–’90s, On Our Backs. The personals were written by lesbians detailing their desires or romantic requirements.
THE NEW YORK TIMES The Future Is...Personal Ads? A queer online dating community has formed around an old-school format for hookups.
WIRED Could A Text-Based Dating App Change Selfie-Swiping Culture? @_personals_ started as an Instagram account for posting old-school looking-for-love ads—but it's poised to be so much more.
Vanity Fair “A Blast of Fresh Air”: The Instagram Account That’s Revolutionizing Queer Dating@_personals_ lets queer folks look for love on their own terms—and it’s growing faster than ever.
Fast Company Personals: A queer dating site where you’re judged on wit, not pics No images allowed–and no absolutely no swiping.
Huffington Post Sick Of Swiping On Selfies? This New Dating App Could Change The Game An LBTQIA app might just convince you that the written word is sexier than a thirst pic.
Them. This New Queer Dating App Is About More Than What You Look Like PERSONALS started as an Instagram account, and is transforming the queer dating scene through the timeless form of personal ads.
Buzzfeed This Instagram Account Is Helping Queer Women Fall In Love Inspired by personal ads from erotic lesbian magazines, @herstorypersonals helps queer women and trans and nonbinary people find friends, sex, love, and community.
DAZED The Instagram matchmaking queer women via old school personal ads. Spoiler alert: it’s led to cross-country love affairs
AUTOSTRADDLE Public Personals: A Peek Inside the Queer Instagram Dating Experiment
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