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Locke’s venture comes after a very public coming out after viewers of the reality television programme saw him date women including Topshop heiress Chloe Green and model Ashley James, come out as bisexual and then say he was a gay man last year.Locke toldit is partly through his experiences of using dating apps to come to terms with his own sexuality which is why he co-founded Chappy.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.for us there is a chance to give a fresh face to gay dating and bring it into the 21st century,” Rogers says.Similar to Tinder, the app also verifies people’s accounts through Facebook which Locke says was key to avoid those unwanted pornographic pictures.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***.

I wanted to be able to find someone who I could bring to my friends who I had fallen for.” “Both of us identified that all the apps out there at the moment are very much casual dating apps which focus on facilitating hook-ups,” Rogers adds.Last year she praised the shared values between Bumble and Chappy saying: “Bumble has made great strides for women in the dating scene and we believe Chappy will do the same for gay men.” Locke echoed this praising Bumble’s responsible, feminist and quality values saying they have been incorporated into Chappy.One thing both men are determined to distance Chappy from is “hook-up culture”.Locke also stresses that you can change the scale as and when you please depending on your mood.The app, which can be downloaded from the app store is being rolled out in London, New York City and Los Angeles and has been backed by Whitney Wolfe, the co-founder of Tinder and CEO of Bumble – the dating app where women have to initiate the conversation.

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