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A sexual assault led this man to develop a new app for the LGBTI community

A sexual assault led this man to develop a new app for the LGBTI community

Singaporean resident Kyle Malinda-White (Photo: Provided)

Singaporean Kyle Malinda-White is developing a new app for the LGBTI community. He wants LGBTI people to socialize at events rather than in strangers’ bedrooms.

‘We want to get away from the idea that the only way to socialize is to have sex’, Malinda-White told Gay Star News.

Prout will encourage LGBTI Singaporeans to share common interests and activities online. They can then meet at LGBTI-friendly events in the city-state.

‘This could be anything from hiking, to painting, to bitcoin’, said Malinda-White.

Malinda-White is currently crowdfunding Prout. He has so far raised more than US$7,000. With the funds, he hopes to have a first generation of the app developed by early next year.

The app will connect users with events and locations verified to be LGBTI-friendly.

‘The best sort of connections are when people meet offline, and through these we believe we can build a better culture’, Malinda-White said.

Kyle Malinda-White (middle) at Pink Dot Singapore (Photo: Provided)
Kyle Malinda-White (middle) at Pink Dot Singapore (Photo: Provided)

Sexual assault

Malinda-White was spurred to develop the app after a hook up arranged online ended in sexual assault.

’There were no clear boundaries’ he told Gay Star News. ‘The space I was in with my aggressor was not a safe space’.

The experience left him yearning for relationships that valued him as a human being, not just a sexual object. ‘I didn’t know where to turn to’ he said.

He realized the need for an app like Prout. ‘I wanted to turn this negative experience with my aggressor into something more positive’ he said.

The LGBTI community often views each other as ‘sexual objects’, Malinda-White said, ‘But, actually everyone has hopes, dreams, and ambitions’.

‘How do we begin to see each other as humans again?’ he asked.

Prout wants to get LGBTI Singaporeans to meet up offline but in safe spaces (Photo: Provided)
Prout wants to get LGBTI Singaporeans to meet up offline but in safe spaces (Photo: Provided)

Singapore still criminalizes gay sex with up to two years in prison. While not usually enforced, the law is backed by the majority of Singapore’s conservative, religious society.

Malinda-White said that does create a marginalized community that may push LGBTI people away from public spaces.

But, he said, the need to socialize and forge offline connections was ‘universal’. Following the release in Singapore, he hopes to roll the app out in other countries.

To support Prout, visit Malinda-White’s crowdfunding page here. He has nine days left to reach his goal.

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