Grindr removed the T emoji after users voiced concerns it stood for crystal meth.
When the Gaymoji update was first released, users of the hook-up app speculated what the T meant.
Some said it referenced popular gay slang ‘tea’ to describe gossip, made famous in the 80s ballroom scene.
Others suggested it stood for Top, but wondered why there was no B for Bottom.
But the consensus is that T stands for Tina – crystal meth is shortened to Crystal, then shortened to Christina, then to Tina.
Users reacted with confusion, then concern.
Grindr has a capital T emoji on their app now? Y’all sissies need Jesus. pic.twitter.com/N7QALUHKUw
— ENIKO DONT PLAY! (@turnandstomp) 14 March 2017
Grindr’s new emoji keyboard includes a capital T, which is slang for meth. That’s…boldly nonjudgmental, I guess? pic.twitter.com/HD6HvX5K01
— Rich Juzwiak (@RichJuz) 14 March 2017
“i was back on the wagon…but then he sent me the T emoji on grindr” pic.twitter.com/TYz1vK71fs
— jentinaVEVO (@TyronWilson) 14 March 2017
The T was then removed a few days after the update was released, with no official comment from Grindr.
Grindr praised for PrEP pill emoji
Amongst the 500 Gaymojis, Grindr released a PrEP pill emoji for HIV prevention.
The pill has ‘701’ imprinted on it, and represents Truvada – a drug used for pre-exposure prophylaxsis.
If taken daily, PrEP prevents the contraction of HIV.
Users say the new update will also help spread awareness for safer sex and greater transparency.
— GETPrEPLA (@getPrEPLA) 16 March 2017