Thursday, February 23, 2012

Grindr initiative aims to spur action on GLBT issues

The Sacramento Bee reports: Grindr has announcing today the use of their location-based technology to bring together a global community through Grindr for Equality, a social movement to raise awareness for GLBT issues and spur action across the globe.

Grindr has become a global phenomenon since its launch in March 2009. Boasting more than 3 million users, it has the capacity to provide assistance within the GLBT community and harness the power of a global user base to contact people in specific geographic areas en masse.

Joel Simkhai, Founder and CEO said in a statement:

"There is strength in numbers and Grindr for Equality will enable our users to use our platform for the greater good of our community. In today's world, the power of social networks and location-based mobile technologies are playing a major role in political change and social awareness. We want to continue that momentum and get more people involved. We're asking people to sign up, send us submissions regarding issues they care about and become advocates for the GLBT community."
Grindr for Equality's first foray into the world of philanthropy was during the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal, which was officially implemented on September 20th. They sent a national broadcast message welcoming in-the-closet service members to Grindr with a link to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network's contribution page, with more than 5,000 user click-throughs.

In addition, Grindr for Equality used location-based technology and its tremendous global user base to participate in some of the most significant recent events in the GLBT community, including the overturning of Proposition 8 and the recent passage of marriage equality in New York.


Furthermore, to date, one of Grindr for Equality's largest victories is more than 57,000 clicks to a petition denouncing St. Petersburg, Russia's ban on 'gay propaganda' which would effectively silence the community of Russia's second most populated city.

"The focus on Grindr for Equality is to continue to give our community a voice and bring to light these issues that try to suppress or silence us, especially on international issues where it can literally be the difference between life and death," added Simkhai.

Grindr is looking to continue their involvement in the political process by tapping in to their engaged community in order to receive regular updates on GLBT issues on a local, national and international scale. In addition to submitting information regarding the GLBT community, Grindr is continuing to search for on-the-ground activists around the world to send regular updates on gay rights in their area.

Grindr for Equality has already received more than 3,700 responses from across the globe.

For more information about Grindr for Equality, please visit grindr4equality.com.

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