Would you believe until a week ago I didn’t have a Gaydar profile? And I was only tuning into Gaydar Radio? Many didn’t. But it’s true. Of course I’ve had profiles in the past, but not recently.
Who’d have thunk it?
So to cover a few bases, I also joined Manhunt and AdultMatchMaker — purely for research purposes, of course. Wasn’t so chuffed with Manhunt, but kudos to AdultMatchMaker for offering a transgender category. Gaydar also has a fairly new interface that had my inner geek pretty amped.
Anyhow. I logged on with my refurbed profiles — beer in hand — keen as mustard for some interest to come rolling my way. The rest, of course, is secret men’s business.
But just what are the pros and cons of it all?
Has online dating compromised our beloved scene? Or has Oxford St done its dash? Community’s about more than bars, clubs and sex, right? And maybe dating sites are just another part of that?
You can still have a cracking night out on the town, but why waste money and chitchat on manky bar-side schmucks when you can streamline your carnal specs to find those cubs, chubs and subs online?
Sure, we’ll always have the naysayers who believe nothing legit could possibly be found on the inter-webby. But is it the future for hooking up in the noughties?
Used properly, dating sites serve a number of purposes.
They offer a convenient, simplified resource for discreet, no-nonsense action. And once you’ve weeded out the meth-heads, weirdos and time-wasters, it’s ripe for the pickings. Some just chat, while others may find that special someone in a seriously safer forum than beats. Maybe even safer than the strip, with its ferals and lockdowns and bogan vomit.
Others in more remote areas can network, chat and connect. Maybe even court a little kismet. And yep, it does happen: Your prince or princess can be found online. Plenty of LT partnerships have lube-side beginnings at the humble keyboard — gay, lesbian, bi, trans, straight, or purple.
The sheer number of ‘enthusiasts’ online at any given time says a lot about the increasing trend. There’s definitely a culture and knack to it. But follow a few simple hints and safety tips, be realistic and you should be pumped to giddy-up in no time.
Just don’t forget to have Gaydar Radio streaming so you can whistle while you work.

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