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PlanetRomeo
GayRomeo-Logo
A login page of PlanetRomeo.com. Login page designs can change frequently.
Web address www.planetromeo.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Social Networking and Dating website for gay and bisexual men.
Registration Optional
Available in Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese
Users Increase 2.6 million (as of June 2014)
Owner PlanetRomeo B.V.
Created by Jens Schmidt and Manuel Abraham
Launched October 2002
Revenue Membership fee for PLUS accounts in certain countries; advertising.
Current status Active

GayRomeo is a worldwide social network, instant messaging and dating community for gay, bisexual and transgender men. The site was established in October 2002 by PlanetRomeo GmbH in Berlin, Germany. According to its own figures, GayRomeo has more than 6,740,000 registered profiles and 1,389,150 [1] active users worldwide and is the biggest German-speaking chat and dating community for gay, bisexual and transgender men on the web.

The majority of GayRomeo's users come from German-speaking countries Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but the site is available in a total of 20 languages. In order to expand the international services of GayRomeo and in order to avoid possible legal problems with the comparatively strict German laws for the protection of children and young people,[2] GayRomeo has been operated by PlanetRomeo B.V. located in Amsterdam, Netherlands since September 2006.

In March 2009 the online community Guys4Men.com joined up GayRomeo.[3]

Users by country[edit]

In Germany, due to its high number of registered users, GayRomeo is often called the "Gay Registry Office" (schwules Einwohnermeldeamt) or "The Blue pages" (Die blauen Seiten)[citation needed], referring to the well known telephone directories the yellow pages and the white pages. In a satirical reference to the Nazis' compilation of lists of homosexual men in the 1930s, the German newspaper "Taz" announced: "The pink lists are back".[4]

Active Users by Country
Country User
Germany 379,857
Italy 118,337
Philippines 114,158
India 91,825
France 83,647
Spain 63,642
Switzerland 38,292
Malaysia 35,925
Thailand 33,848
United Kingdom 30,029
Austria 28,902
Netherlands 26,389
Greece 25,786
Belgium 24,596
USA 21,802
Turkey 20,300
Poland 16,472
Romania 17,189
Singapore 12,418
Hungary 12,101
Serbia 10,853
Morocco 9,974
Indonesia 9,850
Croatia 8,342
Brazil 7,287
China 6,572
Canada -
Alberta
6,208
Russia 6,023
Portugal 5,271
United Arab
Emirates
5,156
Australia 5,075
Sweden 4,919
Czech Republic 4,238
Mexico 3,794
Finland 3,616
Bulgaria 3,454
Colombia 3,309
Slovenia 3,286
Ireland 3,184
Ghana 3,067
Cyprus 2,901
Norway 2,881
Israel 2,835
Peru 2,572
Bosnia and
Herzegovina
2,498
Ivory Coast 2,453
Denmark 2,444
Algeria 2,430
Argentina 2,395
Vietnam 2,358
Cameroon 2,342
Luxembourg 2,065
Macedonia 1,855
Egypt 1,849
Ukraine 1,741
South Africa 1,736
Japan 1,597
Venezuela 1,560
Slovakia 1,547
Saudi Arabia 1,456
Taiwan 1,442
Lebanon 1,397
Cuba 1,290
Estonia 1,223
Chile 1,201
Sri Lanka 1,139
Latvia 1,102
Malta 1,070
Montenegro 1,027
Other 28,434
Worldwide 1,389,150
July 29, 2012
Active Users by Continent/Region
Continent/Region User
Europe 1,503,414
Asia
(excluding the Middle East)
693,693
Africa 114,408
North America
(excluding Central America)
179,428
South America 49,845
Middle East 37,118
Australia and Oceania 17,002
Central America 9,098
Worldwide 2,661,828
27 September 2013




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Continent- or region-wise distribution of GayRomeo.com users, as of 27th September 2013.

  Europe (68.46%)
  Asia (excluding the Middle East) (22.75%)
  Africa (2.94%)
  North America (excluding Central America) (2.66%)
  South America (1.24%)
  Middle East (1.18%)
  Australia and Oceana (0.53%)
  Central America (0.25%)

Controversies on GayRomeo[edit]

Safe sex[edit]

GayRomeo offers detailed and high-profile information about safer sex, the risks associated with barebacking and other sexually transmitted diseases. Reflecting its community roots GayRomeo also freely gives its own point of view about such issues.

Contact information for HIV/AIDS support groups and organisations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland is also provided on the website. There is no censoring of user profiles that promote unsafe sex or barebacking, but in their profiles users have the option to state their position regarding safer sex to indicate whether they always or never practise safer sex or if the issue is up for discussion.

In addition to the health information available on the site, in February 2007 GayRomeo launched a live and online health advice service in cooperation with Germany's national NGO for HIV/Aids issues Deutsche Aids-Hilfe. The online supporters are trained in questions of health and healthcare, and all user's enquires are dealt with in the strictest confidence[citation needed]. In this way users are offered the same level of service as when Deutsche Aids-Hilfe do their outreach work in gay bars, clubs and saunas[citation needed].

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Using GayRomeo[edit]

Personal profiles[edit]

To access GayRomeo users create an individual profile which typically includes a simple physical description and one or more photographs of themselves. Sexual preferences, cultural interests and hobbies can be added optionally. GayRomeo is exclusively for men (gay, bisexual or transgendered) of eighteen years or older[citation needed].

Clubs and guide entries[edit]

Aside from personal messaging, GayRomeo offers users the chance to create clubs-profiles and guide-entries as another way of getting in touch with gay men sharing similar interests. For example the regular customers of a bar or sauna can link their private profile to the club or guide-profile of that place. Members of a particular club can exchange news or discuss diverse subjects in the club's forum or via a newsletter. Clubs also exist for supporters of political parties[citation needed], members of religious groups[citation needed] and employees in particular industries[citation needed]. There are also clubs that are more sex or fetish orientated such as a club for men who like men with big ears[citation needed]. There are also fan-clubs for pop or movie stars[citation needed], classical music[citation needed] etc. In fact, since any user can create a club-profile, the list is limitless.

Community information[edit]

Reflecting its community ethos GayRomeo also includes a lot of information regarding safer sex, coming out, health support as well as links to gay magazines and other community organizations[citation needed]. All these functions are free on GayRomeo.

PLUS accounts[edit]

Some additional features are reserved for users who upgrade to a so-called "plus"-account such as customized profile design, picture search and SSL-encrypted log-in. The plus-account has a small monthly charge. The website also provides free "plus" accounts for users who are living in countries where homosexuality is illegal or where gay rights are undeveloped[citation needed].

The PlanetRomeo Foundation[edit]

The PlanetRomeo Foundation was established in the Netherlands in 2009.[5] The foundation is a brain-child of GayRomeo.com. The website of the foundation is [3].

To raise money for or otherwise support charities or other good causes, in particular but not limited to those concerned with the interests of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) communities in areas such as education, culture, gay rights, health, emancipation and sport. To perform other activities that may in some way or to some extent benefit those communities.

The Objectives of The PlanetRomeo Foundation[6]

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