Whether you’ve just moved to a new city, want to increase your social circle, looking for a mentor, or need advice and support when coming out, the gay dating app is encouraging users to form pressure-free platonic relationships within the community.

Just like in Date Mode, users must both swipe right on each other to initiate a conversation.

“As our lives evolve, so does our need for authentic friendships. Too often, the destinations where gay men are directed to online-only feed into harmful stereotypes,” said Sam Dumas, Head of Brand at Chappy.

“We want all gay and bi men to be able to enjoy Chappy – to meet friends, to mentor or be mentored, to be listened to, to get help with coming out, to meet people in different cities. But most importantly, to be empowered to be themselves.”

To coincide with Friend Mode, the app have debuted a new look called Planet Chappy, a metaphor for the galaxy of gay connections – sending out a signal to all men to explore a digital universe of safer, more accountable connections.

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