“I have had a really struggling coming out session in the last 10 years, it has obviously been quite well-documented but I didn’t really know what I was doing and I struggled.For me there was no platform for me to meet gay men,” he says.While Rogers is straight so will not be on the app, Locke certainly will be and is setting his preference to Mr Right.“I’m 30 next month and I think it is time for Mr Right,” he says.A new dating app, specifically for gay men, has been launched with the aim to give users a choice between relationships or more casual hook ups.Chappy, a fusion of ‘choice’ and ‘happy’ is the brainchild of Ollie Locke – of fame – and Jack Rogers.The main distinguishing feature is the ‘Chappy scale’ which allows users to slide between ‘Mr Right’ to ‘Mr Right Now’ depending on whether they are looking for a relationship or something more casual.
That represents a big boost for senior dating sites and an increase in the number of older singles populating the big sites like
Grindr, the most well-known existing app for gay men, and Tinder, where users can search for dates by gender, have long been associated with casual sex and hook-ups, although both apps have also been the foundation for many new millennial relationships.
Locke says that while he was coming out, the existing gay dating platforms left him “utterly terrified”.
Additionally, users cannot display photos unless their faces are in it – another way in which it is priding itself on being safe for users.
“For someone who might be 20-years-old coming out, I don’t want a 45-year-old man to send me a picture of their d***.It’s not responsible, it doesn’t feel like something be happening to a young community in 2017 and we are trying to break that,” Locke says firmly.