Emilio also likes using Skout but finds that it has too many advertisements.
Yuanita, a waria in hir early thirties who volunteers at a local NGO providing shelter for people with HIV/AIDS, was also introduced to dating apps by a friend.
In fact many people use dating apps to connect with like-minded people for friendship.
Transgender Indonesians use a lot of different dating apps, sometimes concurrently and sometimes consecutively.
Favourites include Badoo, Grindr, Hornet, Jack D, Skout, Wapa and We Chat.
Yet many gay men also reported downloading an app based on the specific type of sexual partner they are looking for.
As Hendri Yulius, an Indonesia LGBT activist and frequent contributor to , noted in personal communication, ‘Growlr is for “chub-chasers” – it’s a site you use if you are looking for a chubby sexual partner – while Scruff is a site you use if you are looking for hairy guys or guys with stubble.