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People sharing their beautiful love stories for Pride Month will probably make you cry

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Tinder may have a reputation as a hook-up enabler and font of unsolicited dick pics, but a recent study says its users are actually likely to be swiping right in search of a committed relationship.

Now the dating app’s success stories have a chance to celebrate their love with a lavish wedding entirely paid for by Tinder – winning a ridiculous $100,000 (approximately £78,500) to spend on their nuptials.

In celebration of Pride Month, LGBTQ+ couples who met on the app can enter the competition by letting Tinder know about their love story via Instagram. Lovebirds need merely upload a picture of themselves, write about their relationship in the caption using the hashtag #TinderSuccessStory and tag @tinder.

And a quick scroll through the hashtag reveals there have been plenty of misty-eyed entries already, from those who realised their true love who had been under their noses in the very same town, to those who say they used the app after years of suppressing their true identity, to those who discovered the “Mr Right” they’d been searching for wasn’t actually a Mr at all.

Laura and I have never been shy with our #TinderSuccessStory. What some people may not know is Laura joined Tinder to find a girlfriend after years of suppressing her queer identity. Have you ever come across someone on Tinder that you are really really interested in, so you just kinda stare at their profile for a bit before you swipe right? That's what happened when I saw Laura. So I held my breath and swiped right. "It's A Match!" We matched on December 28th, 2015. Our first date was on January 4th, 2016. On January 4th, 2017 I proposed. Since we're both book nerds I made a tiny book to hold her ring. And inside I wrote a poem of our story. It's something I never want to forget. "Once upon a time… In two separate towns Not too far apart. Lived two women, Both with broken hearts. Done with love And all of the so called "splendor", These two ladies Decided to try Tinder. "I'm just looking for fun" Each lady did declare. "I'm perfect on my own! I don't need to be one of a pair." Left after left, Each woman would swipe. "All these ladies are boring! I don't understand the hype." Until one day, Each other's picture came into sight. It only took a second, For each to swipe right. "It's A Match!" Both their phones did alert. The women both paused, "Wait, I don't know how to flirt." Tired of the pickup lines, And stupid wise cracks. One lady said simply to the other, "I love random facts." From this simple statement, They talked night and day. Until finally, in the same town, One said "Would you like to go to Chipotle?" Now I'm not one to believe, In love at first site. But from that first meeting, They both knew they found Mrs. Right. They say a year goes by fast, When you're having fun. And for our two lovers, It's even faster when you've found The One. So on their first anniversary, One lady got down on a knee. Confessed her love and asked, "Will you marry me?" "Yes! Of course!" said the other, Through the tears and the laughter. And our two protagonists Lived happily ever after."

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The competition runs until the end of June and Tinder will announce the winners on July 5. However the competition is only open to US residents.

American participants can read the terms and conditions can be found at tinderpride.com – no more than $15,000 of the prize fund can be used on the honeymoon (we’re sure you’ll cope) and the cash can’t be used on stag or hen parties, or on any guest travel. The other caveat is that it must be utilised within a year of winning, so it’s a prize for serious lovers only.

Read more: Turns out a lot of men get really upset when you accept their online compliments

Tinder last year rolled out an update adding 40 gender options, such as non-binary, transgender woman, transgender man and agender.

Read a few of the stories below, and if you fancy a free wedding (or simply want to shout about your love), it might be time to get the selfie stick out…

In honor of #Pride month and today’s #ResistMarch, I wanted to share my story. For over 20 years, I felt like I was living a lie. Every day, I would look into the mirror and have no idea who was staring back at me. In college, I was in a terrific relationship with a truly amazing girl. My biggest fear, however, was that I would get married, have kids, live a fake life, then finally collapse and ruin everything. I couldn’t do that. So I broke it off. For the next two years, I went on a journey of self-discovery. I had to really take the time to figure out who I was and why I was hiding. I meditated, read self-help books, journaled, went on retreats, anything I could think of to start building a relationship with myself. Then, I began to come to terms with the truth that I was gay. In 2013 I developed the courage to come out (fun fact- I "came out of the closet" IN an actual closet). Within a week, I told everyone I cared about. It was both terrifying and liberating. My heart felt lighter. And the best part was that no one made it a big deal. Later that year I went on @tinder and finally switched my settings from “women” to “men”. To my surprise, I began matching with guys instantly. On November 8, 2013, my world changed once again. I was laying in bed, swiping through Tinder when I came across this VERY cute boy. His name was Mark and from his pictures, I could tell that he liked adventure, had a good sense of humor, and had a smile that was contagious. I swiped right and we matched. I'll never forget the moment I first saw his face. He was even cuter in person. We hung out and talked the entire night. I felt something that I had never felt before. It was seamless. It felt right. The chemistry was palpable. I knew I had to see him again. Three and a half years later, Mark and I are now engaged and starting to plan our dream wedding at @eventsatpaduahills on June 3, 2018. #tindersuccessstory #tinder #couplespic #gay #lgbtq #marriage #gaywedding #dreamwedding #MnMWedding #MnMforever #love #happiness #joy #commitment #hestheone #swiperight #resistmarchla

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The competition seems to have been received well, though other brands have recently come under fire for Pride stunts.

Skittles reversed its usual rainbow packaging, using an all-white packet “in order for Pride’s rainbow to take centre stage”.

Some online criticism claimed the company was making a link between whiteness and equality. A spokesperson for the brand told huffingtonpost.co.uk “Happiness, fun and inclusion are at the heart of who we are. We’re inspired by the positive response from our associates and our consumers. Any suggestion that this support for Pride is in any way racist is clearly wrong.”

Meanwhile, clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch was heavily criticised for a social media post in which one of its employees declared: “The Pride community is everybody, not just LGBTQ people.”

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