Lesbian Dating Tips: How to make contact, start talking, and take things further via texting

Published: May 4, 2021
Updated: August 17, 2023
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Dating can be confusing in the best of times. Add online dating, hookup culture, lesbian dating apps, texting, and a pandemic to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for quite a tricky situation.

But never fear, we’re here to give you some tried and true, best-friend-style dating advice for when you get the guts to text that mega hottie you’ve matched with.

So without further ado, here are our best dating tips when it comes to texting your lesbian crush.

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Initiating Contact

Use dating sites to meet women

Ok good. You’ve matched with someone or she’s already in your cell phone the old-fashioned way (aka you asked her for her phone number, or maybe you got her number through someone else, whatever!)

So what’s next?

The chat feature on dating sites are a perfect place to practice the (not so) subtle art of wooing women with your command of the written word. There are sites to fit every type of person and we review and recommend a ton of them.

If you are open to dating a broader spectrum of awesome individuals from the LGBTQ+ community, check out our recommended platforms for dating bi, trans, and queer people, too.

When starting contact through text messages and online dating, you want to be memorable, but you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. If you are a bit goofy in person, come up with something charmingly silly to initiate the convo.

If you are more of a straight shooter, tell her she seems really awesome, and you’d like to get to know her better. The key is to not take it too seriously, but to still be genuine and be yourself.

Ask her about herself  

While this is the number one obvious piece of dating advice for literally anyone ever, it bears repeating because so many people still have a hard time doing it.

Why? Want someone to know you’re interested in them? It’s as simple as asking them about themselves! And then listen without trying to one-up or impress. Got this mastered? Congratulations, you are already heads and shoulders above most of the competition.

Ask which pronouns they prefer

… and then use them. This can feel awkward to people who are new to dating within the lesbian and queer communities, because you’re worried you’ll offend. But it’s 2021 and it’s important to address people the way they feel most seen.

If you’re nervous, what better way to ask than through text? It’s true that if someone identifies as a lesbian they will probably go by “she/her” but not necessarily. Just double check so you don’t risk alienating someone you like.

Texting is one of the first few hurdles when starting to date another woman. Read more about the challenges to come in many lesbian relationships here.

Be honest about your current situation

Are you poly? Bi? Looking for something serious? Or maybe just a hookup? Is it your first time dating women? Moving to a new city soon? Do you like her but are going through a breakup with your ex?

Communicate where you are mentally and emotionally early on as you’re getting to know her to avoid being unintentionally misleading.

This is hard for a lot of us because it means you may have to accept that she’s in a different place than you are and the disappointment that comes with it might be difficult to handle. But ultimately, you want to connect with someone who is right for you and ultimately lay the foundation for a healthy relationship.

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Best apps for lesbian dating

Check out these apps to start dating in the lesbian community.

1. Her

HER is a mobile geosocial networking app focused on providing bisexual and queer women, as well as other non-binary women from LGBTQ communities. HER provides you with both a social media network and newsfeed for LGBTQ issues and entertainment, as well as giving you access to local communities. Registering is free to do and only requires a Facebook or Instagram account.

2. Buddygays

Buddygays is one of the most popular apps for casual encounters with gay men. It uses your location to find possible matches for you. You can either play the swiping game or simply scroll through a profile gallery and filter profiles according to your needs.

3. Grindr

Grindr is a location-focussed LGBT dating app. It gives users in-depth search options as well as settings to accept NSFW photos from other users. While Grindr was initially associated with gay men, its scope has broadened to encompass lesbians as well. It differentiates itself from other dating services by offering networking features and covering LGBTQ+ community issues.

So, How Often Should I Text?

Lots of advice blogs will tell you not to text too much because it will overwhelm your crush or that you shouldn’t have long text message conversations, and while we agree that it is definitely something to be mindful of (please don’t spam her with texts!), we also know that people and situations are different.

For instance, you might be a long distance from each other, and texting is the best way for you to foster a spark and to get to know each other. Another possible scenario is that she might prefer to text rather than have a phone call or meet up right away.

Regardless, the goal should ultimately be to meet up and go out, right?

So don’t be afraid of having a text conversation, but also make sure you are taking constant temperature. Read the signs to understand the specific woman that you are talking to and try to meet up sooner rather than later.

Know when not to text

When things are fresh and exciting it can be extremely tempting to just. Text. All. The. Time. Lesbian relationships specifically can become really intense and all-consuming really quickly if we aren’t careful.

We aren’t a fan of playing games, but we do know that being emotionally and physically available every moment of the day and night for a new flame is not a good precedent to set for your relationship going forward. Have fun, be excited, be a bit obsessed, but don’t lose yourself.

If you have been texting a lot and you find that it’s hard to put a lid on it, communicate that, “I need to go to work, but I’ll text you after,” or, “I’ve got a huge day tomorrow. I wish I could stay up and text, but I really need to get some sleep.” Or our personal favorite, “It’s really hard to stop texting you, so I’m going to put my phone away and go (fill in the with the activity of your choice).”

Set texting boundaries early

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This goes along with the previous. Whether you set these boundaries with each other, or just with yourself, do set them.

These boundaries can look like this:

Now, we aren’t saying to never send a text during these times (thoughtful text during a break at work can be super sweet), just save the full-on convos for a time when you aren’t doing something else important. And remember, a person who has drive and passion for friends, activities, and their career is super sexy.

Send encouragement before big events  

Does she have a test coming up? A big meeting? Doctor’s appointment that she told you about?

Send a little text about an hour to 15 minutes before with some encouraging words.This shows not only that you are thinking about her, but you remember and care about what’s going on in her life.

It also shows that you are capable of being a support for her. A well placed text of support can skyrocket you into the realm of relationship material really quickly.

Send a text message to follow up and to thank her for a nice time

This applies even when you aren’t hanging out one on one.

If she has a get together, plans an outing with friends or it’s just the two of you, wait until the next day and thank her for it. Not only will it set you apart from other potential love interests, it also gives you the opportunity to start a convo.

You can keep it flirty by hinting at her being your favorite part about the occasion.

We hope you found these texting tips useful and that you can add them into your repertoire as you navigate the lesbian dating scene.

FAQ about Lesbian texting tips

Texting and dating queer women in the lgbt community can be a really exciting experience, but if you’re new to it or unsure of how to proceed, it can feel really overwhelming. Fortunately, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions to help you out. 

How to ask a girl out over text? 

Without actually seeing her in person and being able to read her body language, you really have to rely on your own intuition and a bit of directness. Of course, there’s no one way to ask someone out, so you’ll have to play it by ear on an individual case.
For example, sometimes pick up lines work wonders, and she might like them enough or appreciate the aggressive approach. Sometimes it won’t work, and a more direct asking her out is called for. Other times, letting her make the first move can be smartest. 
See how your texting goes and try not to rush anything, but don’t let an opportunity slip past you either. Read the room and don’t worry if you mess it up a few times, experience will pay off in the long run too. 

Where to go for a first date in real life? 

It really depends on your situation and what’s available to you. Just meeting up for something casual like dinner or drinks is always a safe bet, and coffee is good if you really want some quiet time to get to know each other. 
Think about what you enjoy doing that she might also have an interest in, and be open to any suggestions she might have. 

How should I broach the subject of sexting with her? 

There are a few approaches you can take with her, from sending her nudes like a pic of your boobs, or more, or giving her a few suggesting emojis. You can also just start sexting and see how she responds to decide whether you continue or not. 
You can also bluntly ask her if she’s interested in that kind of thing. You’ve got options, and if she’s into it she’ll let you know pretty quickly.