A new dating app, specifically for gay men, has been launched with the aim to give users a choice between relationships or more casual hook ups.
Chappy, a fusion of ‘choice’ and ‘happy’ is the brainchild of Ollie Locke – of Made in Chelsea fame – and Jack Rogers.
Locke’s venture comes after a very public coming out after viewers of the reality television programme saw him date women including Topshop heiress Chloe Green and model Ashley James, come out as bisexual and then say he was a gay man last year.
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 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.”
One thing both men are determined to distance Chappy from is “hook-up culture”. Grindr, the most well-known existing app for gay men, and Tinder, where users can search for dates by gender, have long been associated with casual sex and hook-ups, although both apps have also been the foundation for many new millennial relationships.
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.
I myself am on the app.... and I have to say, it seems far more legitimate than the likes of some of the others out there.