Type of site
|Available in||English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese|
|Created by||Jens Schmidt and Manuel Abraham|
|Revenue||Membership fee for PLUS accounts in certain countries; advertising.|
|Users||3.4 million (as of November 2017)|
PLANETROMEO, also known as ROMEO, is a social network for gay, bisexual and transgender people. The site was started as a hobby and was called GayRomeo in October 2002 by PlanetRomeo GmbH in Berlin, Germany. It was initially only available in German but has evolved into an international sphere. The Romeo website, iOS app and Android app are commonly used by the male gay community to find friends, dates, love or get informed about LGBT+ topics.
Initially, the site was available only in German and hence it used to have a majority of users being from Germanic countries; such as Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The website and apps are currently available in 6 languages. The German-speaking community remains the largest community but not the majority. It has been operated by PlanetRomeo B.V. located in Amsterdam, Netherlands since September 2006.
In Germany, due to its high number of registered users, PlanetRomeo is often called the "Gay Registry Office" (schwules Einwohnermeldeamt) or "The Blue pages" (Die blauen Seiten), 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".
To access PLANETROMEO, users (also affectionally referred to as Romeos) create a profile which typically includes a simple physical description, personal interests, and one or more photographs of themselves. Sexual preferences, cultural interests and hobbies can be added optionally. PlanetRomeo is a community where people are encouraged to truly live out all aspects of their queer life. 
Clubs and Guide profiles
Aside from personal messaging, PlanetRomeo offers users the chance to create Club and Guide profiles as another way of connecting with gay men sharing similar interests. For example, a bar or sauna creates a Club or Guide profile, to which Romeos either can join and or link their private profiles. The administrators of the Club and Guide profiles can send direct messages to their members. Club members exchange news or discuss various subjects in the club's forum or via a newsletter. Clubs also exist for supporters of political parties, members of religious groups and employees working in particular industries; some clubs have a more playful and sexual orientation. There are also fan-clubs for pop or movie stars, classical music, etc. In fact, since any user can create a club-profile, the list is limitless.
Male companion profiles from hunqz.com can be viewed on a special tab from within the planetromeo.com website.
In March 2009 the online community Guys4Men.com joined PlanetRomeo.
In February 2007, PlanetRomeo launched a live and online health advice service in cooperation with Deutsche Aids-Hilfe, Germany's national NGO for HIV/Aids issues. Contact information for HIV/AIDS support groups and organisations in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland is also provided on the website. Romeos receive answers online about health and best practices for safer sex; many of the health supporters speak more than one language. Other links lead to the PLANETROMEO Blog and PlanetRomeo Foundation.
Controversies on PlanetRomeo
PlanetRoemo BV offers general Dating Tips to help protect user profiles, their privacy, actions to take against scammers and fakers, and how to avoid uncomfortable situations, as well as before, during and after dating suggestions.
In addition to the health information available on the site, in February 2007 PlanetRomeo launched a live and online health advice service in cooperation with Deutsche Aids-Hilfe, Germany's national NGO for HIV/Aids issues. The online supporters are trained in questions of health and healthcare, and all user inquiries are dealt with in the strictest confidence. 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.
In 2009 PlanetRomeo Foundation was established by PlanetRomeo BV in the Netherlands, and is an independent, registered non-profit. PlanetRomeo Foundation provides funding to grassroots emerging LGBTI projects and initiatives in countries and regions where LGBTI rights are most severely infringed. The Foundation supports projects which provide Shelter, as well as projects under the themes of Community Organizing and Sports & Culture. Its support focuses on achieving societal change in order to improve the position of LGBTI people throughout the world, with an emphasis on the most disadvantaged regions and communities. By providing grants up to € 5,000 PlanetRomeo Foundation sets out to be a stepping stone and fill funding gaps between zero funding and access to larger grants. The website of PlanetRomeo Foundation can be found at .
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to PlanetRomeo.|
- Official website
- PlanetRomeo Foundation
- How does the Internet affect HIV prevention?
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