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March 24, 2015

Here's what happens when you let your parents loose on your Grindr account

‘Mother knows best’, or so the saying goes.

But does she really know best when you unleash your Grindr account on her?

One fearless son put the theory to the test by setting his mom the ultimate challenge: reading three weeks’ of unread Grindr messages aloud, on camera.

March 24, 2015

'Without a doubt it is him. Posing in our ensuite bathroom'

A wife has turned to parenting forum Mumsnet after she found her husband on Grindr.

In a post titled 'My husband is on grindr. I need some hugs and advice,' bonniescot123 said she recognized her husband, who she referred to as DH, because his profile picture was taken in their bathroom.

'Hands shaking. Today I found my DH on Grindr. Without a doubt it is him. Posing in our ensuite bathroom,' she wrote.

March 6, 2015

Gay Star News brings you the research, the debates, and the opinions on why sexuality matters.

Human sexuality is much discussed and debated but we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of why we are gay and what that means for us in the wider world.

Here is a round-up of some of our most recent reports on this fascinating and important subject.

Business & Workplace

March 3, 2015

23-year-old persuaded users of the app to meet in person and smoke ice

A Sydney man who robbed men he met on Grindr has been jailed for at least 17 months.

Corey Draper, 23, persuaded two men on the hook-up app to meet in person and smoke ice, then robbed them at knifepoint.

The first incident occured on 9 February 2014 at 1:30am.

Draper met a 28-year-old man, who gave him $200 for ice. He then robbed him of further $270 and a mobile phone. Draper told his victim he was a member of a gang and would kill him if he reported him to police.

March 2, 2015

Closeted right-wing politicos looking for love at CPAC

Are there gay men at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference? Two men did an experiment to find out.

Reason TV sent along Paul Detrick to set up a profile on the hookup app to find out the future of gay politics and LGBTIs in the conservative movement.

It yielded surprising results, considering the event brings together many of the country’s most avid right wing and homophobic politicians and supporters.

January 23, 2015

Project studies the sexual arousal level of gay men when using the app

The US government has spent nearly half a million dollars on a study of gay hook-up apps such as Grindr.

The National Institutes of Health last year awarded Columbia University $432,000 to interview 60 gay men to determine whether the apps increase risky sexual behavior.

The grant for the project said, 'Given the expediency with which men are able to arrange sexual encounters using these applications, there is cause to question if, when, and how sexual negotiation and serostatus disclosure occurs.

December 17, 2014

Free app launches next week

A new 'mind-blowing' dating app for lesbians is set to launch next week.

Scissr was 'designed by lesbians for lesbians [and] is tailor-made for all – dyke, queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and bi-curious.'

Creator Allison Ullrich, 36, said the free app was location-based gay like Grindr – 'only classier.'

The general manager of an indoor climbing facility said the app was borne out of her frustrations with dating after moving to Chicago one and a half years ago.

December 14, 2014

Female comics sit down to read messages men have sent each other on Grindr, GROWLr and Scruff. Have you ever been sent messages like these?

‘I think I saw you at the train station the other day. Purple shirt? Want head?’

That’s just one example of the bizarre, and sometimes hilarious, messages gay guys receive on dating apps.

Whether you use them to find love or just to hook up for the night, there’s no doubt there are definitely some gems in the messages guys exchange with each other on such apps.

December 10, 2014

App's Best of 2014 Awards find Clinton 'Straight Ally of the Year' and Vladimir Putin 'Enemy of the LGBT Community'

Hillary Clinton has not yet formally announced her candidacy for President of the United States but she can already count on one block of voters.

Grindr users voted the former Secretary of State, US Senator and First Lady the 'Straight Ally of the Year' in the app's third annual Best of Awards.

In contrast to the support Clinton received, Russian President Vladimir Putin was voted 'Enemy of the LGBT Community' - no doubt for his championing of Russia's anti-gay propaganda law.

November 3, 2014

Blued has 15 million users compared with Grindr's 5 million

Chinese gay dating app Blued has raised US$30 million from venture capital firm DCM in a Series B round of funding.

Earlier this year, the company received RMB10 million ($1.6 million) in Series A financing from Crystal Stream.

CEO of Blued Geng Le said, 'In 16 months, Blued has completed three rounds of financing and our valuation far exceeds that of some heterosexual social products.

'Our development can make more people to see the value of the gay internet, as well as the diversity and progress of Chinese society.'

October 3, 2014

Some angry gay men feel like their privacy has been violated and are seeking legal action

Angry Grindr users in Berlin are seeking legal action over an 'art' project taking place in the centre of a busy square.

For the next two weeks, Dutch gay artist Dries Verhoeven is sitting in a glass-walled container and is airing his Grindr conversations - live and unedited - on screens and online.

His intention is to recruit a steady flow of men into his box for various non-sexual activities such as playing chess, having breakfast or shaving each other's beards.

The project is called Wanna Play?

September 19, 2014

Scotland has voted no to becoming an independent country, with a vote of 55% no and 45% yes

When it comes to getting accurate results on matters of national importance, it turns out you don't need teams of researchers or an equal representation of the population.

It turns out you just need Grindr.

In the weeks leading up to the final vote on Scottish independence yesterday (18 September), a Tumblr user took his own survey on the gay dating app.

The responses range from reasoned to passionate, indifferent to horny. Well, mainly just horny.

Here were just a few of the responses:

September 18, 2014

From yes to no to plain too horny to answer, the gay men of Scotland answer the big question in a somewhat unconventional survey

Today is the day. Scotland is voting on whether to become an independent country, and the polls are closer than ever.

So a Tumblr user, MachoTrouts, curious to know how the gays of Scotland will vote, took to Grindr for his own survey.

The responses range from reasoned to passionate, indifferent to horny. Well, mainly just horny.

Read the hilarious responses below:

September 8, 2014

Authorities in homophobic countries have been using the app to hunt gay men

Grindr has disabled its show distance setting in countries that have a history of anti-gay violence, after reports that authorities were using the app to hunt gay men.

The setting no longer works in Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Liberia, Sudan and Zimbabwe among others, and more will be added to the list.

Grindr told GSN, ‘In light of recent security allegations surrounding a user’s specific location, Grindr is taking measures and will be releasing updates to keep users secure in territories with anti-gay legislation.'

September 5, 2014

One victim handed over £15,000 ($25,000, €19,000) to the blackmailers

Two British men who used the app Grindr to lure and blackmail gay men will be jailed for four years each.

Nathanael Foster and Adam Webb, both 26 from Gloucester in South West England, were charged with two counts of blackmail.

Gloucester Crown Court heard how the pair trapped two men, with one victim even handing over £15,000 ($25,000, €19,000) to the pair.

The victim had saved the money and drew it out from the bank to give to the men after they stayed all night in his home to ensure he paid up.

August 23, 2014

An anonymous person claims to have sent messages to thousands of Grindr users in countries with anti-gay laws, warning them the app has a security flaw which could allow authorities to know their exact location

An anonymous person is warning Grindr users that alleged security flaws in the app could allow people to know their exact location and has claimed that the company has been aware of the problem for months.

‘This year's "WTF? Why am I still using Grindr"-moment comes with the fact that it's possible to locate every single user and perform a sender spoof using the chat,’ the anonymous person posted to Pastebin.com on 16 August .

August 20, 2014

British gay singer says he has been able to grab a guy using an anti-app approach, and thinks others should do the same

Gay singer Sam Smith has urged gay guys to delete Grindr as it is ruining romance.

The Stay With Me star said he dislikes the use of hook-up apps and thinks people should date the old-fashioned way.

‘No offence to people who go on Tinder but I just feel like it’s ruining romance, I really do,’ he said.

‘We’re losing the art of conversation and being able to go and speak to people and you’re swiping people.’

The British singing sensation said looks count for nothing – especially online.

August 15, 2014

One victim handed over £15,000 ($25,000, €19,000) to the blackmailers

Two British men who used the app Grindr to lure and blackmail gay men will be jailed.

Nathanael Foster and Adam Webb, both from Gloucester in South West England, have been charged with two counts of blackmail.

Gloucester Crown Court heard how the pair trapped two men, with one even handing over £15,000 ($25,000, €19,000) to the pair.

Prosecutor Janine Wood said one of the victims went to the police while he was being blackmailed and their investigations revealed the second man, who had paid up the cash.

July 23, 2014

Members of the LGBTI inclusive Rough Trade Gaming Community have held a gay pride parade online in Final Fantasy XVI: A Realm Reborn to celebrate marriage equality coming to the game’s fictional world of Eorzea

In what must be a first for Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) gaming, players in Final Fantasy XVI have held an LGBTI Pixel Pride March.

Members of the LGBTI inclusive Rough Trade Gaming Community dressed their characters in the colors of the gay pride flag and marched in color formations through the virtual world of Eorzea on 19 July.

The event was held to celebrate the June announcement that players will be able to have same-sex relationships and marry characters of the same-sex in the reboot of the game Final Fantasy XVI: A Realm Reborn.

July 2, 2014

'What you're telling me, sir, is you went on this website in order to find someone who had the same sexual predisposition you did?'

Imagine appearing before a no-nonsense 71-year-old judge and talking about Grindr.

That's what happened this week on an episode of the syndicated US courtroom series Judge Judy.

Judge Judy Sheindlin was asked to settle a dispute between a 47-year-old man who was suing a 23-year-old 'friend' for unpaid loans.

The younger man, Aaron Murphy, claimed the money was a gift and that the man wanted it back after he spurned his advances.

June 4, 2014

Former policeman was told by other officers, after he successfully sued the Met for homophobic discrimination, that he should be a 'hairdresser or cabin crew'

A British gay ex-policeman is suing the Metropolitan Police for race and homophobic discrimination.

Kevin Maxwell, a former Special Branch detective, claims he was driven to resign after officers taunted him by saying he should become a ‘hairdresser or cabin crew’.

The 36-year-old also said he was told by a former member of Scotland Yard’s Vetting Unit that officers’ activity on Grindr would be monitored.

Back in 2009, Maxwell was diagnosed with depression after experiencing racism and homophobia in the force.

May 22, 2014

‘Girls don’t even take their tops off on Tinder,’ one says, ‘that’s like frowned upon’

Every gay guy loves to hate on Grindr, the location-based hookup app.

But sometimes, it takes a clueless straight guy to appreciate what you have.

YouTuber Neil McNeill has sat down with nine different straight men to show them around the app.

Almost all of them are amazed at how ‘convenient’ the service is, saying how much easier their sex lives would be if there were a Grindr for straight people.

‘Girls don’t even take their tops off on Tinder,’ one says, ‘that’s like frowned upon.’

April 12, 2014

Sexually assaulted at gunpoint, then taken to five nearby ATMs to withdraw cash

A 34-year-old Canadian man was sexually assaulted, beaten and robbed by a man he invited to his hotel room in Philadelphia, US after talking with him on the gay hookup app Grindr.

The victim, who did not want to be identified by NBC Philadelphia, was in the city to attend an education conference when he invited the suspect to his Hilton Home2 Suites hotel room around 1.30 pm on Wednesday.

March 6, 2014

Two gay and bisexual candidates with Holland’s D66 party have turned to Grindr to seek the support of the LGBTI community in municipal elections later this month

Two candidates for Holland’s D66 party have found an innovative way to seek the votes of the LGBTI community – setting up profiles on gay dating app Grindr to reach out to gay voters.

Candidates Jan-Bert Vroege and Pieter Rietman set up their profiles ahead of municipal elections that are being held on 19 March.

Vroege's Grindr profile asks ‘Have I got a date with you on March 19?’ – though he is happily partnered in a same-sex relationship.