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Grindr shuts down its LGBTI news site

Grindr shuts down its LGBTI news site

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Gay dating app Grindr shut down its online magazine, Into, on Tuesday (15 January).

After Into’s 17-month run, US-based Grindr said it would be focussing on video. What’s more it terminated contracts with all its editorial staff.

‘After a thoughtful and collaborative process, Grindr’s leadership decided to modify Into’s content mix to rely more heavily on video’ a statement said.

‘As with any growing business, we have to continually evaluate what is best for Grindr’. It confirmed staff members would be leaving.

But, Into staffers and LGBTI advocates in the US bemoaned the loss to LGBTI media. Into caused controversy in November last year with a report into apparently anti-LGBTI comments by Grindr CEO, Scott Chen.

‘We feel that Into’s closure is a tremendous loss for LGBTQ media, journalism, and the world’ read a statement signed by the Into team.

Into ‘proved what queer people have shown for decades: there is an audience, a desire, and a hunger for LGBTQ stories told by LGBTQ people’ the statement said.

Former associate editor Mary Emily O’Hara said she was ‘deeply saddened’.

Courageous and controversial

Into launched in August 2017. It ‘shared the hopes and joys of the LGBTQ community, our successes and setbacks, and our triumphs and heartaches during a vulnerable political moment’ according to the staffers’ statement.

Into covered stories including the experience of transgender prisoners behind bars and LGBTI refugees on the US border.

They were also the first national outlet to interview transgender candidate Christine Hallquist on her groundbreaking candidacy for the Vermont governorship.

But, Into found itself in hot water in November last year. In an article, it called out comments by Grindr CEO Scott Chen for apparently anti-LGBTI comments.

In December, Into was forced to apologize after a commentary piece labeled an Ariana Grande video transphobic and racist.

‘Such a loss’

LGBTI organizations and commentators joined the editorial team in the loss to queer media.

American poet Saeed Jones also took to Twitter to say ‘disappointed but not surprised’.

‘Into was doing excellent work in culture, entertainment and news’ he wrote, ‘But in the end, Grindr didn’t seem to care’.

Others, meanwhile,  bemoaned the switch to video.

‘Most of these niche brands [LGBTI media] won’t exist in a few years’ wrote Fox tech reporter Christopher Carbone.

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