Personals is a text-based dating and community app for LBTQIA, gender non conforming, genderqueer, non-binary & dykes, based on old school newspaper personal ads. More than just a dating app, it’s about creating a space for community. Personals is about making deeper connections with people who live in your neighborhood or across oceans.
Personals is open to LBTQIA+, non-binary, & intersex people. We encourage QPOC, people with children, 35+ crowd, rural queers, people with disabilities, people with chronic illnesses, asexuals, queers worldwide, to join.
Currently, Personals exists as an Instagram account. I am using the funds raised on Kickstarter to build an app based on @_personals_ Instagram. The Personals Instagram will not go away, it will complement the app.
Personals on Instagram (@_personals_) has amassed over 34K followers. I get so many submissions per month I’ve had to limit the open call to 48 hours, and in that time I receive close to 500 submissions.
We've outgrown Instagram. We need an app that is:
- Independent, not regulated by Facebook!
- Open 24/7, post personals whenever you feel!
- Location, sort by tags, find queers in your town or across oceans
- Identity, sort by queer identities and find people you’re into. eg., want to see all the self defined butches? Click ‘butch’ tag to sort.
Here's how Personals app works:
- Login through Instagram or your email. You’ll be able to choose whether you want to show your Instagram handle or select a new user name.
- Scroll thru personals from all over the world, or choose a location that interests you.
- Press the heart icon to save your favorites.
- Click the note icon to send a message to the babe of your dreams. Write a friendly message and press send.
- On the Settings page, list your handle, location, age and distance preferences. You can describe yourself and your desires in multiple ways. Personals also allows you to select the type of person and relationship you are looking for. How do you identify? Edit identities and preferences depending on your mood.
- Personals app will be free to use, but we'll employ the 'freemium' model or subscription based model. Still working out payment model.
Watch queers who have already met, found friends or fallen in love — hear why Personals is important to them.
“I love the self-representation this forum provides. I never can quite figure out what “kind” of gay I am, and seeing all the different ways that people do gay and look for love and express their interests and desires is so powerful.” —KP
"The personal ad process is so powerful for identifying what you really want and putting it out into the universe. Manifesting is real! I'm now dating the butch babe of my dreams, and I swear almost every butch babe I corresponded with after my personal posted is now dating the femme babe of their dreams.” —HW
Personals app is not yet available for cis gay men, we want time to build
our own queer space first. Please be patient!
Personals is not for cis couples.
While digging thru the internet to find images for my lesbian culture account @h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y, I found an online collection of the lesbian erotica magazine On Our Backs, published in the 80s & 90s. In the last pages of every issue were personal ads written by lesbians in search of sex & love. I was struck by how explicit the women were about their desires, defining clearly and succinctly who they are and what they were looking for. I wanted to bring that directness of expression to contemporary dating, I asked followers of h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y, to write their own personals. Immediately it was took off, there were so many submissions I opened a new Instagram account dedicated to personals.
People are already talking and reading about Personals, the Instagram account and future Personals app. Click logos to read the articles.
Them. This New Queer Dating App Is About More Than What You Look Like PERSONALS started as an Instagram account, and is transforming the queer dating scene through the timeless form of personal ads.
Buzzfeed This Instagram Account Is Helping Queer Women Fall In Love Inspired by personal ads from erotic lesbian magazines, @herstorypersonals helps queer women and trans and nonbinary people find friends, sex, love, and community.
DAZED The Instagram matchmaking queer women via old school personal ads. Spoiler alert: it’s led to cross-country love affairs.
AUTOSTRADDLE Public Personals: A Peek Inside the Queer Instagram Dating Experiment
This is the timeline we're following so far. Our goal is to have a beta version of Personals to users by Fall 2018.
100% of the funds will go towards building an app. We need to pay designers, developers, maintenance and hosting, and any fees that come up when building the platform.
- 40% Design
- 40% Development
- 20% Maintenance, hosting, legal fees
Help grow this independent space for queers to meet, fall in love, and build community.
With your support, you'll be the first to download a free beta version of Personals, and you'll be able to share your thoughts and help shape the direction of this app!
I’m Kelly Rakowski, founder of h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y and Personals. I have been working in the design world for 13 years and living on the internet since the mid-90s. I'm passionate about getting the Personals app made & out into the world. 100% of the funds go towards building the app, I am working for free, for now.
Thanks to designers Andrew LeClair & Anna Feng. Thanks to Mandana Mofidi & CJ Dominguez for audio and video expertise. Thanks to BLKKATHY for music. Thanks to the Personals community for making selfie videos: Aisyah Sumito, Asher Ford, Azsa West, Bea Duncan, Calli Calzone, Capri Williams, Caroline Mcnally, Cassaundra White, Chemo Hines, Chenxi Lu, Claudia Gerbracht, Heather Krcha, Helena H. Rebensdorff, Isabel Munson, Jacquelin Thomas, Jay Thomas, Johannah CordonHill, Katelin Whitaker, Kayln Bohl, Lillian Robinson, Lilly Maetzig, Line Hjorth, Morgan Mesi, Muller Birk, Priya Choudhuri, Sado Opera, Vana Steele, Xina Graham-Vannais, Zoe Varcoe. Thanks to Laurel Golio, Rachel Berks/Otherwild, Masami Hosono, Sam Greenleaf Miller, Chelsea Fairless for your generous donations.
Special thanks to Marina Galstyan, JD Samson, Lily Marotta, Sarah Zapata, Deanna Viva Garcia, Arley Marks, Carl Williamson, Chelsea Fairless, Ainara Tiefenthaeler, Elizabeth Orr, Emma Hedditch, Lydia Orkent, Luke Baker, Becca Albee, Mary Manning, JJ Chinois, Kate Jinx and Matthew Cassity.
Visit Personals website for more info.
Risks and challenges
Personals is already proven to be highly coveted product for the lesbian, queer-trans, non-binary queer community. We've already conceptualized and designed the app, the next step is implementation thru front and back end developers. Through the guidance of experienced tech mentors I will produce a streamlined, stripped down beta version of Personals. The goal is to have a highly functioning introduction to the app.
Because of my budget there will be limitations to start but room to grow in further iterations. Starting simple, and moving forward from there.
Some of the functionality in the prototype design images may change. But the core features will remain the same.
The beta model will get Personals up and running, and will lead to a more advance version.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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