Similar to Tinder, the app also verifies people’s accounts through Facebook which Locke says was key to avoid those unwanted pornographic pictures.Additionally, users cannot display photos unless their faces are in it – another way in which it is priding itself on being safe for users.One thing both men are determined to distance Chappy from is “hook-up culture”.
I did some good self-reflective work in those years, but I didn't prepare myself for navigating the dating world. In fact, I would argue that it comes with an indescribable sobering feeling that love may be even harder to acquire.
This realization has resulted in my sudden appreciation for a daily glass of red wine.
For me there was no platform for me to meet gay men,” he says.
The main distinguishing feature is the ‘Chappy scale’ which allows users to slide between ‘Mr Right’ to ‘Mr Right Now’ depending on whether they are looking for a relationship or something more casual.
“The stigma around gay dating is actually perpetuated by these apps…
for us there is a chance to give a fresh face to gay dating and bring it into the 21st century,” Rogers says.
The app, which can be downloaded from the app store is being rolled out in London, New York City and Los Angeles and has been backed by Whitney Wolfe, the co-founder of Tinder and CEO of Bumble – the dating app where women have to initiate the conversation.
Last year she praised the shared values between Bumble and Chappy saying: “Bumble has made great strides for women in the dating scene and we believe Chappy will do the same for gay men.” Locke echoed this praising Bumble’s responsible, feminist and quality values saying they have been incorporated into Chappy.
Locke says that while he was coming out, the existing gay dating platforms left him “utterly terrified”.
“I didn’t want a d*** pic to be quite honest, I did not want someone sending me a picture of their penis immediately.
Suddenly, the idea of settling has been replaced with the art of compromise, which entails understanding my needs vs. Let's face it; we don't have the time to settle for foolishness the way we may have in our 20s.