GayCupid is a personals community for men seeking friendship, love, or long-term gay relationships with other men. This Cupid Media site offers live on-site chat, email, and video profiles. You can join for free, create a profile and browse, but will need to upgrade to enjoy unlimited communication with others.
This small, "male-only" dating community has around 7,000 regular users. It has strict moderation and doesn't allow for uploading of anything offensive (which can often be found on other sites of this kind). In addition a high number of people there are seeking some form of committed relationships rather than hook-ups.
Even with the low numbers, GayCupid's nice format and range of tools make it a worthwhile choice if you are looking for a same-sex relationship. Plus a number of thoughtful safety features add to its credibility.
If you want to join, you can do so for free and it takes just a few moments. This will give you enough access to look around and decide if it's for you. GayCupid's guest membership (Standard) allows you to create a photo profile with up to five images as well as a video greeting.
A guest account also gives freedom to browse and view profiles, send messages and create hot lists. As with all dating sites, I recommend new joiners put some thought and effort into completing their profile. Empty or low quality profiles are quickly deactivated.
Only if you want to upgrade to a Gold or Platinum membership will any fees be required. Those who upgrade to a Gold membership for a monthly fee (currently $29.99 for 1 month) will be able to enjoy full email and instant chat. Platinum memberships have full privileges, including sending and receiving video mail.
Gold and Platinum users have the ability to contact anyone - even free members can respond to their chat and email requests.
GayCupid is a small but bustling community where gay/lesbian singles can make friends with others. While the site is primarily for gay men, women can be found there and are encouraged to join. The opportunity to use such features as video messaging is an added bonus.
By Tara Miller