Online dating: friend or foe?

The U.S. online dating market is expected to increase spending to over $900 million in 2011. Here's a quick peek at the most popular websites for finding that special someone...or a night of no-strings sex.

Compatible Partners: Matches men and women with compatible singles of the same sex, taking into consideration what it considers key dimensions of personality. A comprehensive questionnaire is given before the user browses the website. Compatible Partners was launched by eharmony Inc. on March 31, 2009, following a lawsuit against eHarmony for discrimination against same-sex couples.

Grindr: 1 million members. A networking application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Available for download from the Apple application store, Grindr comes in both free and subscription-based versions. The app makes use of the device geolocation, which allows users to access other gay and lesbian men within close proximity. Beware of stalkers.

MANHUNT: 4 million members, including 1 million in the United States. Owned by Online Buddies, Inc., Manhunt facilitates same-sex introductions. Some profiles are of a non-sexual nature and explicitly state that they are not cruising for sex. The majority, though, are sexually explicit and include nude photographs and graphic language. 20 million members, with a 49:51 male/female ratio, and websites serving 25 countries in more than 8 different languages. Though no statistics are available regarding same-sex matches, separate tabs are available for searching M4M or W4W.

OKCupid: 3.5 million members. Free dating and social networking website which features member-created quizzes and supports various modes of communication: personal blogs, public forums, instant messages, emails, and "winks."

Plenty of Fish: 11 million members. popular primarily in Canada, the UK, Australia and the United States. The service, based in Canada, is free to use and allows you to set up your own free dating profileand then find matches based on a set of compatibility questions you answer. You can also choose to simply browse based on zip code, religious preference, ethnic background and several other preferences.

Craigslist Personals: 50 million viewers monthly. The Craiglist Personals pages appear as a section under each regional or city site of Craigslist. Caigslist Personals is subdivided into several sections, ranging from the "Strictly Platonic" to "Casual Encounters."

WhistlePig + Alfa Romeo F1

SHOREHAM, VT (September 13, 2023) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the leaders in independent craft whiskey, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake are waving the checkered flag on a legend-worthy release that’s taking whiskey to G-Force levels. The Limited Edition PiggyBack Legends Series: Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is a high Rye Whiskey selected by the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers, with barrels trialed in their wind tunnel to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.

The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

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Nurse Practitioner Ari Kravitz

When I started medical transition at 20 years old, it was very difficult to get the care I needed for hormone replacement therapy because there are very few providers trained in starting hormones for trans people, even though it’s very similar to the hormones that we prescribe to women in menopause or cisgender men with low testosterone.

I hope more providers get trained in LGBTQ+ healthcare, so they can support patients along their individual gender journey, and provide the info needed to make informed decisions about their body. I’ve personally seen my trans patients find hope and experience a better quality of life through hormone replacement therapy.

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Descanso Resort swimming pool and lounge area

Descanso Resort, Palm Springs' premier destination for gay men, just received Tripadvisor's highest honor, a Travelers' Choice "Best of the Best" award for 2023. Based on guests' reviews and ratings, fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor's 8 million listings around the world receive the coveted "Best of the Best" designation. Descanso ranked 12th in the top 25 small inns and hotels category in the United States. Quite an accomplishment!

Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

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