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In early May 2014, a 25-year-old man was murdered after traveling to meet someone whom he met on Grindr.
Also in early May, a Delaware Deputy Attorney General was arrested for the alleged rape of a 16-year-old whom investigators believed he met on Grindr.
In April, a Canadian tourist reported he was sexually assaulted, beaten, and robbed after meeting another man on Grindr.
In December 2013, a gay porn star was arrested for the alleged statutory rape of a 14-year-old whom he met on Jack’d, another popular gay dating app.
These are just a small selection of the violent crimes that have occurred in connection with the use of apps like Grindr and websites like Adam4Adam and Craigslist.
However, Grindr has been a force for good in the community.
I’ll say it’s really helped me with my coming out and coming to terms.” – Yet providing online channels for the LGBTQ community isn’t enough to transform the South.
Image courtesy of Grindr For many people, Grindr is seen as a solution to the issue of discoverability in the gay community.Yet in the South, the majority of the men you encounter are “discrete” or “on the DL,” and may have no intention of developing lasting relationships with the guys they meet.This pattern is facilitated by the user interface of Grindr, which provides a designation for “Discreet;” and under the “Looking for” portion of your profile, an option for “Right Now.” Furthermore, unlike most other dating apps and websites, Grindr only allows one photo, further encouraging you to peruse profiles “as if flipping through a catalog,” as one of my friends described it.In November 2013, three young men strangled a 71-year-old man after meeting him on Grindr.In 2010, a 54-year-old man was charged with the sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy he is alleged to have met on Grindr.However, the Southern states stand out amongst their US peers in intolerance of the LGBTQ community.On April 26, 2014, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced an unprecedented effort to “dramatically expand LGBT equality in the South[ern United States] through permanent campaigns in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas.” With a budget of .5 million over three years and a dedicated staff, Project One America is “the largest coordinated campaign for LGBT equality in the history of the South.” According to Funders for LGBTQ Issues, an estimated 2.7 million LGBTQ adults live in the South, representing nearly a third of all LGBTQ adults in the U. Yet all 14 Southern states ban the recognition of same-sex marriages (though there is recent news on that front), and “not a single one has passed employment non-discrimination legislation.” More LGBTQ adults live in the South than any other region of the United States. After deciding against the scone, he’d rise up to notice me staring at him. Desperate to find some reason to talk to him, I’d ask him where he got his jacket, tell him I’d been looking for one for the longest time — even though the truth is I love the cold, that I have absolutely no reason for a jacket that nice.He’d tell me the name of the store, which I would forget. Would he call me a faggot in front of everyone while no one said a word in my defense?In some ways, the tool itself does nothing to assuage what an interviewee described as the “culture of underground courtship” in the South, and even perpetuates it.In a spectacular piece titled “The Mc Donaldization of Gay Culture and Dating”, the author compares apps like Grindr to the experience of ordering fries at Mc Donalds, stating that “[t]hese services provide the user with an efficient, calculable, predictable and controlled environment in which to find someone for sex.” Whereas going to a bar can be a several-hour-long affair, and often result in leaving alone, these apps allow one to achieve “the stated goal while using the least amount of energy and resources.” “The Mc Donaldization of the gay dating paradigm through the Internet has also contributed to the perpetuation of our rigid caste system of attractiveness and sex appeal; it provides the platform that not only makes it acceptable, but encourages it.