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.

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 – 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.

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…

Alright, @tinder, you asked for it, you got it! For many, many years, I wondered if I would ever find my "Mr. Right." Society told me that's what was expected and I didn't want to disappoint them. On the outside, everything looked fine, but internally I struggled to find the courage to own and live my truth. Tired of letting others tell me what was "right" for me, I followed my heart, my truth. On August 26, 2015 I did the right-est thing I've ever done - I swiped right to the most incredible, loving woman in the world. It hasn't been easy to live my truth in a world so filled with hate and quick judgement, but for the past (almost) two years, I've been lucky enough to have the most wonderful light beside me through it all - my person, my Mrs. Right. Tinder, it would be so wonderful to win our dream wedding, but no matter what I have the best gift I could ever ask for right here. Thank you for that. [This was our first photo together. I am just as happy as I look. Plus more.] #tindersuccessstory #happypride #myperson #dreamwedding ❤️ ?

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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 “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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Amy Swales

Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.