Lesbian dating photos
One couple met while one was living in Sweden and the other in Southern California–they’ve recently moved in together in L. For now, Personals says it is just for “lesbians, queer-trans, and nonbinary queers.” No gay men allowed–at least not yet.
“There are so many things for gay men and I think it’s really important for us to have something first,” Rakowski says.
But designer Kelly Rakowski is building a thriving online dating community for lesbian, queer-trans, and non-binary queer people where there are no photos involved at all.
Right now, it’s an Instagram account called Personals, where Rakowski (who, full disclosure, used to be ‘s photo editor) posts short, pithy descriptions that people send her about who they are and what they’re looking for.
Today, about a year and a half later, the account has more than 30,000 followers. This week, Rakowski launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to transform the Instagram feed, which she ran using only Google Docs, into a truly independent meeting space for queer people.
Rakowski says the decision is motivated in part to escape from the confines of Instagram’s corporate overlord–Facebook–and also to give her some relief from the very manual process of formatting and uploading all the submissions.
Rakowski discovered the magazine’s online archives while hunting around for photographs to surface on her other popular Instagram account, Herstory, on which she shares historical photos of lesbians that date from the 1800s all the way through the 1990s.
Crucially, the design of the app will be text-only, black and white, with no pictures.