Wing Ma’am: Find Love in a Hopeful Place
By Shaley Howard, PQ Monthly
Are you looking for love in all the wrong places? Have you been trying to find the LGBT womenâ€™s scene but continually only end up frustrated and all alone on a Saturday nightâ€”watching L-Word reruns and eating pints of Salt N Straw? Or perhaps youâ€™re thinking the only way to meet other LGBT women is to join a softball team? Well put that mitt down, stop trying on those ridiculously tight polyester umpire shorts, and get readyâ€”thereâ€™s a new app in town called Wing Maâ€™am (www.wingmaam.com)â€”a new, free location-based social networking app specifically made for LGBT ladies. The creator of Wing Maâ€™am, Ariella Furman, said she was frustrated with the challenges of finding the LGBT Womenâ€™s community. She saw her gay male friends could use apps like Grindrâ€”the worldâ€™s largest all-male location-based social networkâ€”and easily find guys who were also gay within a hundred feet. She was completely amazed by Grindr. When she learned there was no female alternative, she was a little offended and dumbfounded. Â Why did her gay male friends have access to seemingly everythingâ€”bars, hookups, the apps, etc., yet it continues to be incredibly difficult for LGBT women to connect? So she decided to create an alternative app similar to Grindr but designed specifically for LGBT women. â€œI decided to keep some features of Grindr, but also make it different since women and men like to connect differently. The initial concept of Wing Ma'am was to keep it more like a community app (with events, options to find friends, double dating, etc.) rather than mainly focusing on the hook-up aspects like Grindr does.â€ Since Wing Maâ€™amâ€™s launch about two months ago, it already has over 12,000 users on iOSâ€”plus Android will be launching the app shortly. Itâ€™s also the only app out there that focuses on community rather than just dating, in hopes it can benefit both single people as well as people in relationships. One delighted user, Lacie Cocia, exclaimed, â€œItâ€™s so hard to meet women and this app makes it so easy.â€ With app features ranging from highlighting local LGBT events, club scenes, happy hours, monthly queers parties and festivals to covering personal dating, double dating, friendship and hookupsâ€”this app connects women with other women in the communityâ€”while keeping them informed. And it works everywhere. Simply changing the zip code on the app allows users to check out women from all over the world. Thatâ€™s so very Scruff of it. Furman had more to say about Wing Maâ€™am: â€œRight now many LGBT women often feel isolated, have trouble meeting other like-minded women and find that information about events can be fragmented. The goal of the Wing Maâ€™am is to connect, empower and unify the LGBT womenâ€™s community.â€ If you are a single lady looking to find the right partner, youâ€™re in luckâ€”this app places a lot more emphasis on deeper questions like: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What are your fears? What are you good and bad at doing? Since we all know how many women out there absolutely love to go into great detail and process deeper, more meaningful thingsâ€”this might be the app for all of them. Although the dating portion of this app does focus more on substantial, meaningful relationship questionsâ€”I just have to declare: Thereâ€™s nothing wrong with the casual hookups, am I right?! (All the Grindr boys are yelling, â€œHell yes!â€) And the people at Wing Maâ€™am also seem to agree because in addition to the categories of â€œdating,â€ â€œdouble dating,â€ and â€œfriendshipâ€â€”thereâ€™s also a â€œletâ€™s hookupâ€ category for those women out there that just wanna play. Love this! If all of these dating options are not enough for you, Wing Maâ€™am also has an entire calendar of events so you can know everything thatâ€™s going on locallyâ€”and even in other cities. You can even start your own event and post it on the app for all other LGBT women to see and attend. â€œSeriously, I do not think I have to tell you how groundbreaking this is for LGBT women,â€ said Jenna Hogue, Wing Maâ€™am user. Wing Maâ€™am clearly has the LGBT women represented and coveredâ€”it seems theyâ€™ve thought of virtually everything and everyone. Whether youâ€™re searching for upcoming events, looking to date, hookup or find some new friends, this app will pretty much do everything except locate the nearest U-Haul facility when you meet your princess charming. And one more thing, Wing Maâ€™am is starting a volunteer program for anyone wanting to donate their time in helping spread the word about this new resource for LGBT women. â€œVolunteers get to hand out flyers and post online which is a great way to meet new people and have a little fun on the side. Plus they get to add â€˜Wing Maâ€™am Ambassadorâ€™ to their resume,â€ Furman said. So what are you waiting for? Youâ€™ve been looking to connect, hookup or possibly volunteer for a while so isnâ€™t it time to check out Wing Maâ€™am? For all information about dating, events and volunteering go to www.wingmaam.com.