Before the first dating app was created, technology-based matchmaking began with sites such as and in the mid '90s. By the year 2007, when the first iPhone came out, there were more than a dozen sites to choose from. These platforms—along with newly designed applications—began to make the natural transition to smartphones as they increased in popularity.

Though they sound good in theory, dating apps have pros and cons. They're great for shy people and those who work from home, but there's always a chance for catfishing—where someone pretends to be someone they're not in order to deceive you. They can also make stressful partner-hunting into a lot of fun but that can sometimes undermine a sincere connection with others. But of course, the major issue for the LGBTQIA+ community was that, for the longest time, dating apps simply ignored them.

However, as this attitude starts