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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.

January 20, 2014

So much for all the homophobia, it turns out the Russian president is looking for hookups on the gay social app

Boys have I got a treat for you. This slightly older guy loves judo, fishing and defending homophobic laws, and he’s finally on Grindr!

That’s right. Vladimir Putin is on the hookup app. Well, probably not anyway.

Describing himself as ‘Heterosexual. Totally. Definitely,’ Putin is apparently looking for ‘chat, dates, influence in the Middle East and meaningless sex with a man.’

In his short bio, he explains: ‘Hi Guys. I love Judo, water sports (especially pissing on human rights), extreme homophobia and big sex.

September 25, 2013

Joel Simkhai says ‘freedom to communicate is a basic right and Grindr is exploring all options to resolve this matter including a legal appeal'

Gay dating app Grindr is considering threatening legal action over its ban in Turkey.

Earlier this month, the app was blocked by Istanbul’s Criminal Court of Peace as a ‘protection measure’.

Joel Simkhai, the founder and CEO of Grindr, told The Independent they were considering how to respond to the ban.

They believe around 125,000 Turkish gay users are no longer able to use the hook-up app.

September 18, 2013

Turkish LGBT group KAOS GL says Grindr ban is sign of government interference in their lives

Gay dating app Grindr is asking members to try to overturn a ban on its service in Turkey.

Istanbul’s Criminal Court of Peace blocked Grindr as a ‘protection measure’ on 11 September although GSN sources in the country claim other gay dating and sex hook-up apps still work in Turkey.

September 11, 2013

Hook-up app and website for gay and bisexual men is blocked by the Criminal Court as a 'protection measure'

Turkey has banned, censored and blocked the gay dating app Grindr, it was revealed today (11 September).

The online database and website are inaccessible in the country from yesterday evening, according to the main Turkish LGBT association KAOS GL.

According to the gay rights group, Istanbul’s Criminal Court of Peace blocked the app as a ‘protection measure’.

A user attempting to access the hookup website received a message stating the Telecommunications Communication Presidency had implemented the measure.

August 23, 2013

Tennessee man is finding an alternative use for the geo-location hookup site, connecting LGBT Christians

A Christian youth leader is using Grindr to recruit gay people.

Michael Szalapski is using the geo-location hookup site in an alternative way. He's trying to help other gay Christians experiencing rejection from the church.

The gay man from Clarksville, Tennessee, was recruited by his progressive church, gay-friendly church as they felt young people would benefit from his experience and insight.

Filmmaker Christian Hendricks interviewed Szalapski on his different methods.

January 31, 2013

Grindr has criticized users who have chosen to post 'sexy' pictures from the Berlin memorial to Jewish Holocaust victims

Gay hookup app Grindr has slammed some users choosing to post pictures of them posing at Berlin’s Holocaust memorial.

The blog Grindr Remembers first spotted users taking pictures at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

While some seem to like the artistic, maze-like backdrop, other users have gone too far by taking ‘sexy pictures’, according to CEO Joel Simkhai.

November 5, 2012

Over three quarters of Grindr users surveyed prefer Obama to Romney

Gay sex and dating app Grindr has discovered that the economy is the biggest priority for users choosing who to vote for in the US Presidential election.

Of all the respondents, 46% believe that creating jobs and boosting the country's financial situation overrides LGBT equality rights. Equality did rank second in the survey, followed by health care.

Grindr also asked the 8,200 respondents who they were likely to vote for in the 2012 election. A staggering 76% stated Barack Obama, with 20% likely to chose Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

September 7, 2012

Grindr to send messages to US users encouraging them to vote for equality during November's presidential election

Gay sex app Grindr has joined the race to the White House, urging its 1.5 million users to vote in the upcoming US presidential elections.

The geosocial networking app for gay and bisexual men looking for casual sex will be sending a political message to people who log on during America's national ballot which will see current Democrat president Barack Obama go head to head with Republican Mitt Romney.