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.
Now the campaigning arm of the company, Grindr for Equality, is working with leading Turkish LGBT association, KAOS GL and digital LGBT activists at All Out to petition Turkey to lift the ban.
The company claims there were 125,000 active monthly Grindr users in Turkey – and is asking all 6million of its users to help get them chatting again.
Grindr said: ‘Through the Ministry of Family and Social Policies, the Turkish government is using the discourse on the “traditional heterosexual family” as a pretext to suppress LGBT rights.