How to use Lex, a queer dating app with no profile photos or cisgender men
Kevin Kozicki/Getty Images Lex is a queer dating app for lesbian, bisexual, non-binary, trans, genderqueer, intersex, two spirit, asexual, and queer people — everyone but cisgender men. The app is based on the "Personals" Instagram account and is entirely text-based, inspired by "old school newspaper personals." Rather than swiping through matches like Bumble or Tinder, Lex users post classified ads with a title and description about who they are or what they are looking for. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. If you're queer and not a cisgender man, chances are you know the struggle of trying to navigate dating apps. Whether it's couples looking for bisexual "unicorns" on platforms like Tinder or the general lack of queer-specific dating apps that aren't geared towards cisgender queer men, finding spaces to meet other queer people can present a big challenge. This need is what inspired Kell Rakowki to create Lex, a queer dating app exclusively for lesbian, bisexual, non-binary, trans, genderqueer, intersex, two spirit, asexual, and queer people. Essentially, everyone but cisgender men. In addition to having no cisgender men on the platform, what sets Lex apart from other dating apps is that it is entirely text-based. Rather than swiping through matches, users write about themselves and what kind of person, relationship, or activity they are looking for — similar to personal ads in the classifieds section of a newspaper. The initial idea for the app came from a popular Instagram account, formerly called Personals (it has since changed the name to @Lex.app). Personals was founded in 2017 by Rakowski and posted over 10,000 personal ads submitted by users since its inception. "It's bringing back the old-school way of reading personal ads, reading how people describe themselves, slowing down," Rakowski told the Guardian. "It's a gentler, more thoughtful way of getting to know someone." Whether the nostalgic format appeals to your romantic heart or you're just looking for a space to meet other queer people, here's a walkthrough of what it's like to use Lex. The first screen you'll see after downloading Lex is the app's personal statement. Lex After logging in, the screen reiterates that Lex is a space designed for queer people. In order to use the app, you also have to review and agree to the rules of conduct. Lex Next, you fill out personal information, including your name, date of birth... Lex See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:A trans dad underwent $30,000 worth of fertility treatments to have a baby. He says his insurance company refused to pay.13 of the best and 13 of the worst movies of the decade, according to audiencesCéline Dion is 2019's queen of celebrity fashion. These were her best looks of the year.