THE QUEER COUPLE PROJECT
In the 21st century, you open up an app, match with someone, maybe meet up, and if you're lucky date for a period of time. With the influx of applications like Tinder, Hinge, Bumble, and OKCupid, 27% of young adults now partake in online dating, compared to 10% in 2013. But for members of the queer community, online dating takes out a different layer: speculating someone's sexuality. You no longer have to wonder "Are they gay?" In 2017, Clue and The Kinsey Institute conducted a study surveying young adults on their usage of dating apps and found that 49% of the LGBTQ community partake in online dating, almost double the rate of the surveyed self-identifying heterosexuals. This project focuses on various queer, female-identifying couples who've dated for different lengths of time. They highlight the differences and similarities of queer culture compared to the heterosexual one.