On the world wide web, there are datings sites for everybody that for sure.
For the LGBTQ+ community, there are many examples of dating sites to pick from should they want to meet new people, hook up or form lasting relationships.
And TSDates is in fact, one of the oldest.
But while it may be well established, if you are looking specifically for a dating site with an LGBTQ+ community, particularly for trans groups, then this all-encompassing review of TSDates is a must-read.
In it, you will find out:
So read on if you’d like to know more about TSDates and the community behind it.
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TSDate Review in Video Form
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- Ease of use – 4/5
- Effectiveness – 3/5
- Key Features – 3/5
- Pricing – 3/5
Pros and Cons
- Close to 100 million users on site
- Many ways to search for that perfect matchup
- Some live cams are for free
- No official app
- TSDates wants you to sign up for membership and takes you to sign-up pages often
- Lots of advertising
Who Is It For/Demographics?
For the most part, TSDates is for the LGBTQ+ community particularly those from various trans groups.
It’s an online dating portal for members of that community to look for friendship, hook ups as well as long-term love.
TSDates also welcomes anyone who might be curious about what the LGBTQ+ world has to offer.
In terms of a user base, well, TSDates is not lacking at all.
How many users does TSDates have?
The fact that TSDates or some form of it as a dating site has been around since 1996 is the first clue in telling you just how many users this online dating site has.
Or is it?
Because, if it’s been around for so long, it should have huge user numbers that have been established over the years, right?
But the fact that it’s a niche dating site, catering to trans groups in particular means it won’t produce the same kind of figures for users as a regular dating site.
So it’s going to have a solid user base but that’s about it, you would think.
Well, if you were thining a couple of million users, you’d be very far wrong.
That’s because TSDates claims to have 88 million users.
Now, of course, that’s the number of people that have signed up for this site since 1996 but it’s an astonishing figure, I am sure you will agree.
Let’s look at some more interesting figures behind TSDates which indicate that this niche dating site is very active indeed.
- Around 10 million users log in each week to make use of TSDates
- 24 million users are from the United States
- Of those, 4 million are online on a daily basis
- Around 3 million new users either join or check out the site each month.
You’d agree, I am sure that those figures are astounding.
What genders use the site and how old are they?
Of course, TSDates is different from other dating sites in terms of gender breakdown.
While the site is aimed at trans groups, be it transgender (TG), transvestites (TV) and transexuals (TS), as we mentioned earlier, it’s open to anyone in the LGBTQ+ and straight community as well.
- 15% of the users on site are female
- 75% of the users on site are male
- 10 % of the users on site are from various trans groups
That means while the trans groups are the lowest number of users there are still close to 9 million from that group alone.
And yes, while the site is first and foremost for trans groups, they remain a niche audience, so that would explain while the numbers from that group are the lowest.
Lastly, let’s look into the age ranges of users starting with the most popular age groups.
- 35-44 years old
- 25-34 years old
- 45-54 years old
- 55 +
- 18-24 years old
It’s pretty close between the top two in terms of age ranges.
They easily make up more than half the users on-site between the two of them.
29% of users are from the 35-44 age group while 28% come from the 25-34 age group.
19% are from the 45-54 age group while 17% are 55 years and older.
The smallest group is the 18-24-year-olds with just 7% of all users on the site.
Ease of Use
While the registration process is simple enough on TSDates, it is a little different from other dating sites you may have used.
That’s because you can register as the following:
- Couple (2 males)
- Couple (2 females)
- Couple (male and female)
You can also then search for more options as your preferred returns.
Note, however, when you make the choice of the types of matchups you’d like returned in your searches, you can only pick one of the above.
From there, you need to fill in your birthday, the city you live in, your state as well as your username, password and email.
There is no quick login using a social media account, but that’s not too much of a problem as the regular login takes about three to four minutes to set up.
While you are at it, you can also fill in your race, body type, sexual orientation and marital status but this part can be skipped and completed later.
Lastly, you have to provide an introduction to your profile and write a little more about yourself.
The second part is optional.
And that’s all you need to do to register for TSDates other than validating your email, so make sure the email address you use is legit.
Once you enter the TSDates site for the first time, you will notice that you are immediately taken to a member payment page.
And there seems to be no way to move off of it.
Don’t sign up at that point, unless you want to of course.
Simply click on the TSDates logo and you are taken into this site.
Finding your way around
Once on TSDates, you would notice that it has a good, clean design and it’s not difficult to navigate at all.
You will notice tons of adverts and lots of pornography, so if that’s not your thing, be warned before signing up for a profile.
Luckily, if you click on your profile, you can set a content filter.
To find your way around the site you will mostly make use of the menus at the top of the screen.
- Home: This takes you back to the home page
- Mailbox: All your mail messages you’ve sent as well as those received are found here
- Instant message: This is where you will find any instant messages you receive
- Notifications: If you receive an alert regarding something on-site, it appears here
- My Stuff: Here you can edit your profile, find your favorites, view profile you’ve come across and see your favorite photos and videos.
- Search: Here you can launch searches
- Live-action: Click here for live-action webcams
- Community: Here you can find blogs, groups, erotic stories and more
At first, it can seem a little overwhelming and you might need a few moments to get used to all these menus as well as the sub-menus found under them.
Of course, to start searching, all you need is the search menu.
But is it going to bring you the quality matchups that you’d want to follow up on?
So because TSDates has so many users, the chances are really good that it’s going to return the kinds of matches that you are looking for.
Of course, there are lots of different user types to search for here because of the nature of the site and who it caters to.
Although you entered what you’d prefer to search for during your registration, once you access the search engine, you aren’t held to only that.
You can search for all categories which are:
- Couples (man/woman)
- Couple (2 women)
- Couple (2 men)
And while you probably will use the regular search engine often, there are so many other ways you can launch searches.
You can search via:
- Users online at that point in time
- Users online who are using instant messaging options
- Matches based on your registration criteria
- Members who are near you
- VIP members of TSDates
- 31 different kink search options
There are so many different ways to generate profiles to look through and it’s one of the really impressive aspects of TSDates in my book.
But because you will mostly use the advanced search engine where you can tweak various filters, I want to focus on that for now.
To start, you can select what you are looking for, the age range and their location.
You can also choose to change the following filters:
- Membership options
- If they have photos or not
- If they have videos or not
- If they are a member or not (there’s a host of member options to pick here as well)
- Sexual orientation
- Body Type
- Male endowment
- Breast size
- Physical aspects (hair and eye color, height, hair length)
- How they swing
- Do they drink
- Do they smoke
- Do they do drugs
- Marital status
- Children (do they have and do they want)
- Astrological sign
Of course, you don’t have to select everything here.
You’ve got all the tools to fine-tune a search just how you want to.
Note, you cannot see all profiles returned.
If they are a normal user or a regular member, then yes, you can see their profile.
If they are a Gold member, then you can’t.
While TSDates has so many tools to help you find that perfect matchup when it comes to contacting them, they leave a non-paying user with very few options.
It’s just like most of the other dating sites on the internet.
Very few of them allow any form of messaging without having you pay in some way, most notably by signing up for membership.
So TSDates is not unlike them in any way.
Of course, you don’t only get the ability to see all profiles and message anyone you’d like to with a membership.
Let’s see the other key features that become available to you when you sign-up.
Before we look into all the key features that are available to you as a paying member of TSDates, it’s good to just recap on those things that a regular user can do.
- You can sign up and join any one of the groups on the site
- You are able to read other users’ blogs
- You can chat in the chat rooms
- Certain webcams are free to watch
So there’s plenty to keep you busy on the site while you make that critical decision as to whether you’d like to sign up to become a member or not.
If you do then these are some of the features that you can expect.
1. Send and receive messages
If you are a member of the TSDates, you can read any message you receive from other members but you can also send unlimited messages.
For me, this is the key feature of membership because how else are you able to communicate with a potential matchup if you cannot send messages to them.
2. Send flirts and virtual gifts
Flirting is just a way to break the ice with another user.
Send a “flirt” and see if they send one back to you before you message them.
Normally, this is a free service on other dating websites but on TSDates, it’s a feature only for members for which you would use points.
These points are something that you have to buy separately from your membership.
They can be used to send virtual gifts to others too.
3. View full-sized photos
If you aren’t a member of the site, you can only view photos in a smaller size.
By becoming a member, all regular users as well as member photos can now be viewed in full size.
4. View full-length videos
TSDates is filled with users who upload videos of themselves.
Members are allowed to view these videos while regular users cannot.
Members can comment on other user’s photos and videos.
6. Sex Academy
TSDates membership includes access to another site called Sex Academy.
This is only available to members who have opted for the Gold membership option.
On the whole, the features on TSDates are a little underwhelming.
The most important one, however, is messaging and that’s a reason to take out a membership, especially if you have found someone that’s worth contacting.
So now that we have covered the key features on TSDates, what are you going to have to pay towards that each month?
And you are probably wondering how points work as well.
Let me just start by saying there are plenty of ways to spend your money on TSDates.
For example, you can just opt to sign up to watch movies, or perhaps chat in private chatrooms.
I want to look specifically at Gold membership and points however because, with those, you can unlock all of the features on TSDates.
Gold membership unlocks all the features on TSDates.
Here’s how much it will cost you for the three packages on offer.
- 1-month membership – $39.95
- 3-months membership – $80.85 ($26.95 per month)
- 12-months membership – $239.40 ($19.95 per month)
As I’ve explained during this review, for certain actions you are going to need points.
This is what they cost.
- 200 points – $3.00
- 500 points – $6.00
- 1 000 points – $10
As a reference, if you’d like to send one virtual flower to some, that’s 50 points.
A pair of virtual sunglasses is 2000 points.
So yes, if that’s something that you are going to use often, it’s going to cost you a pretty penny after a while.
From a pricing point of view, the Gold membership option for TSDates is certainly not cheap, that’s for sure.
Conclusion and Overall Rating
While it’s possible to view TSDates from your phone, those who prefer an app will be disappointed, as there isn’t one.
With close to 100 million users, this is one of the biggest dating sites online and it caters to both the LGBTQ+ as well as straight people who want to find out more about it as well as trans people.
And it has over 90 million users from around the globe, so they claim.
It’s easy to navigate sites but you should be prepared to be blasted by advertising and porn unless you change the content filter on your profile.
It’s everywhere on the site, in user pictures, videos and the advertising.
So be well aware of that.
What I love about TSDates is that it makes looking for a matchup so much fun.
You’ve got your traditional methods of searching but it provides so many others as well, and that’s a good thing.
Of course, to get into contact with anyone, you are going to have to pay for membership and that doesn’t come that cheap.
Plus you have to factor in that certain activities will also need points to complete and you have to buy those as well, they don’t come as part of the membership package.
So onto my rating.
I give TSDates a rating of 3.25 out of 5.
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