He might even recognize him from his profile photos walking down the street, or in the audience of, say, a recent panel about digital content by and for the queer community.
In many respects, this isn’t too different from the late 1990s, when online chatrooms cracked open a universe for curious queers that had previously been mired in mystery.
These apps are playing host to conversations—silent and verbal, private and public—about what, exactly, the queer experience can entail.
They’re helping, in other words, make the connections so many queers have been yearning for all along.
What perhaps sets these new brands apart from their predecessors, then, is their push to expand the visibility of the queer community.
For instance, one user might not know much about another offline, but he might know little things about him from having scrolled through his geotagged social media page.