Butterfly, a new transgender dating app has just launched around the globe. Picture: Supplied

When it comes to dating apps, you never really know which one to go with. And when an app is aimed at the LGBTQ+ community, you tend to view it with some trepidation.

For instance, does it really follow through on what it promises? Will you find "the one" with a simple swipe? Will my privacy and identification be protected? These are all valid questions that you should be asking, and rightly so.

Butterfly, a new transgender dating app has just launched around the globe. Currently available in South Africa, Greece, the UK and the US, to name a few, it claims to protect user privacy with no swiping necessary. 

A word of warning to those who are looking for a quick hookup though: "Butterfly is transforming transgender dating by connecting singles who are looking for a serious relationship," it says on its website. 

Membership is free and an upgrade is not required to arrange dates and communicate. A VIP upgrade is optional and allows unrestricted messaging.

Developed by David Minns, a 46-year-old mechanical engineer, every aspect of the app was overseen by him. “Butterfly was created to provide a high quality dating experience for transgender people," said Minns. 


"Many transgender dating sites focus on hookups and fetishes. Butterfly is for anyone interesting in a serious relationship with a transgender person."

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