Priya Dali, a 24-year-old girl from Mumbai, swiped right on her dating app while being in isolation during the lockdown in March 2020. That is where she matched with 24-year-old Meera from Pune.
With no opportunity to meet and take their relationship to the next level, the women carried on with virtual interactions that extended for months, expecting one day they would finally see each other in person. You may have come across a similar pandemic love story on a Queer Swipe Stories video, an initiative started this year by dating app Tinder, in partnership with Gaysi Family, an interactive space for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Queer Swipe Stories describes experiences of real-life same-sex Tinder matches. “Tinder has facilitated same-sex matches from its inception but we believe it is important to celebrate more than heteronormative narratives of finding connections. For some members, gender and sexuality labels reflect their own assertion of identity and as identities evolve, the language we use and stories we tell should include everyone, and we, therefore, partnered with Gaysi Family to highlight narratives of Queer dating,” Rashi Wadhera, communication director, Tinder-India, shares to media.