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We have awarded Gay.com our prestigious Bronze Award in this category, having reviewed 37 Gay Dating Websites. Read our review below to find out why...
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Gay.com is a gay dating site for males, females and transsexuals and boasts over three million member profiles. As such, Gay.com has a broad appeal to those looking for dating, friendship or a more committed romantic relationship rather than simply hooking up for sex, even though this is possible here. If you're after the latter, you might want to join another site such as OutPersonals.com or Manhunt.net, amongst others. There is more of a community feel than on some other dating sites too and it's much more than simply a dating site. As well as finding a date, you can check out articles and video content on movies, TV, news, fashion, music and travel from gay perspectives.
It's easy to register for the free basic membership by choosing a user name and a valid email address. Once you've done so, you'll be able to have a look at many of the features that Gay.com offers, including creating your own profile and getting in touch with other members. It's got to be worth considering taking out a premium membership subscription if you like the site. For a fairly modest monthly fee you get immediate access to enhanced features that can really make a difference in your search for members. For example, as a premium member you get to see full-sized profile pictures in addition to adult and private pictures. There are no limits on the number of emails you can send in a day and you can also see who's been checking you out and thinks you're hot but, because of the limits imposed on free members, this may affect your ability to find other members to date. Although this site used to offer a 7 day trial premium membership this has now been removed, so the minimum period you’ll be able to pay for is a month.
Once you've signed up you can begin building your profile by uploading pictures and filling in your details. In comparison with the gay dating sites higher up the top 10, the layout of Gay.com is perhaps slightly less intuitive and feels a little cluttered. That said, it doesn't take too long to find your bearings and to create a profile and search for others. A lot of the men on here have taken the time to update their profiles and upload pictures, which is good to see, and you should find quite a few men online, who you could chat with using the 1-on-1 private instant messenger or in one of the site’s many chat rooms.
It's possible to search for other members in two main ways. The quick search option is restricted to the criteria of gender, age range and zip code. If you're a little more choosy (and most members will be) you can configure your own customisable advanced search to pinpoint exactly what you're looking for. It's possible to specify a range of criteria including appearance, location, interests and lifestyle. Of particular importance is the relationship criterion, which enables you to filter members based upon the type of relationship they're looking for with everything from a casual sexual relationship to a more committed romantic relationship. So, if you are looking for a particular type of relationship then this will come in useful.
Once you've found a profile or three in which you're interested, you can begin learning about members in more detail. In addition, you can specify that your search returns only those profiles with pictures, profiles of members currently online and new profiles. You can also enter keywords into your search. Therefore, if you're into a particular band, movie or sport then you could use the keyword search to find people with a similar interest. This is where the free membership becomes a pain; you are restricted to viewing thumbnail pictures and cannot access any other member photos unless you upgrade, even if you are given permission by that member. If you do upgrade, requesting to see someone else's private pictures is easy and can be done at the click of a mouse, after which an automated request is sent.
The site contains some adult content, which you can upload and view as a premium member if you choose. Alternatively, this also gives you the option of avoiding the viewing of adult content if you find that it's not to your taste. This all depends on what you’re looking for and the various search options help you to find men who are looking for something similar. As well as this you can also create blocked lists to stop unwanted attention, or go into an invisible mode to hide from particular members or simply to look around the site without interruption.
The site support for members is pretty good on Gay.com. First off, there's an extensive FAQs section to refer to. If that doesn't resolve the matter you can email the support desk. If you have a premium membership you can contact chat support (10.00AM to 6.00PM EST Monday to Friday). This is another reason for upgrading your membership as you could be waiting a good twenty-four hours or more before somebody gets back to you. To improve we’d like to see more on-site support videos and guides, and perhaps even a live chat option which connects you to admin staff as and when you need it.
In summary, if you're looking for friendship or a relationship then Gay.com may be the place for you. Come and try it for free and see how you like it. With one of the largest membership bases on the web, you shouldn't have any problems getting a date. If you're serious about finding someone special, the money spent on a premium subscription won't be money wasted. Check out the site today and who knows where it will take you?
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