Are you a Grindr user in LA? Let’s talk about it.

Grindr is casting for our first short-form video series, and we need active Grindr users who want to take part in this unique reality experiment with us. We’re not looking for actors or porn stars, just real gay, bi or curious guys who are comfortable opening up to us and using Grindr in an unexpected, thought-provoking way. There might be some dirty talk, but there will be no nudity or sexual behavior of any kind. This is a PAID project…and we promise it will be fun!

Currently, we are very interested in meeting with HIV-positive guys, including those are undetectable. We also would like to meet guys taking PrEP. But everyone is welcome to message us!

In order to be eligible:

  1. You must be a current and active Grindr under (we will verify this before meeting you).
  2. You must be comfortable talking about your sexual history and preferences.
  3. You must be comfortable communicating with guys on Grindr and potentially face to face.
  4. You must reside in the LA area since we will be shooting locally.

We will be shooting on Friday August 5th at a private location in West Hollywood. Shoot time will be during the late afternoon/evening for up to 8 hours.

Just send us a clear pic of your face, a screenshot of your Grindr profile and a little about yourself to [email protected]

If we think you’re a match, we’ll ask you to come in for an informal meeting between August 1st and 4th.

Thanks! We look forward to having some real talk with you.

We are stronger when we are connected.

When the names of the victims from the Orlando shooting were released, we felt compelled to honor their lives by collecting their photos and creating an online memorial. We encourage all members of our tribe to take a moment to see their faces and to know their names.

You can view it here.

But what happens next?

Grindr is committed to giving our LGBTQ community a more powerful voice, as well as providing opportunities to channel that voice in order to have a meaningful impact on issues nationally and globally. The more we’re unified, the more we can accomplish.

Over the coming days, look for more resources through the app and on our social channels to get involved, including:

A petition to lift the blood donation ban for gay and bisexual citizens.

Everytown For Gun Safety

Let’s take our anger, take our sadness, take our grief, take all the emotions we’re feeling and let’s do something. Let’s be the change that no one has seen before.
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We Stand With Orlando

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. ” Ernest Hemingway

The sudden and horrific tragedy that occurred in Orlando is being considered the worst attack ever on the LGBT community. 49 victims lost their lives and over 50 more were wounded at a place where they were supposed to feel safe to be themselves, and a man filled with hatred was allowed to unleash it there. Our deepest sympathies go out to everyone affected.

A moment like this has the power to make us feel broken and powerless. But as we mourn our losses and try to understand how this could happen, we must also recognize how much work still has to be done.

Violence occurs against the LGBT community every day in every corner of the world. A significant amount of Grindr users live overseas, some in countries where being gay is still illegal. For those of us that live someplace with greater tolerance, this reality – and the reality of the violence that unfolded over the weekend – is difficult to imagine.

The stories we hear from these places haunt us.  But for every Orlando or Syria or Indonesia, we keep count and we remember. And we will not stop until every queer identified individual is safe to live as any other. We owe it to our global community and ourselves to make that promise.

So remember to stand tall together. To move forward through the darkness. To ignite change everywhere.

We are equal, not afraid.

– The Grindr Family


If you’re interested in helping or making your voice heard, here are some important links:

A fundraising campaign to support the victims and their families 

How to contact your local congressman

A petition to lift the blood donation ban for gay and bisexual citizens

Other ways to help



Everyone –

Today is a big day for me, and for Grindr.

Today marks our seventh anniversary. Seven years of helping men connect. Seven years of changing how people think about everything from location to technology. And seven years of hard work and fun along the way.

I can’t thank you, our users, enough, and all the people who work here at Grindr every day, for joining me on this trip. When this started in my house, there was no way I could have known where this would take us, but I am beyond thankful that every one of you has joined me.

Every day is a new challenge, and that keeps me stimulated, excited, and thrilled to come in and spend time with you. And every day I am out in the world, meeting you, hearing your stories, I can only marvel at how far we have come.

And be thrilled at how much fun the next chapter of this journey is going to be.

Today, let’s celebrate Grindr. And our tribe, all over the world.

– Joel

Exciting announcement: Grindr takes investment from Beijing Kunlun

JOEL-11 (1)Recently we took a major step forward that we want to share with you, our users. Grindr has agreed to take on a majority investment from a new partner, Beijing Kunlun Tech Co., which is a huge vote of confidence in our vision to connect gay men to even more of the world around them. You can read the full story in The New York Times.

For nearly seven years, Grindr has self-funded its growth, and in doing so, we have built the largest network for gay men in the world. We have taken this investment in our company to accelerate our growth, to allow us to expand our services for you, and to continue to ensure that we make Grindr the number one app and brand for our millions of users.

It will generally be business as usual for us here at Grindr, but with a renewed sense of purpose and additional resources to deliver a great product to you. We hope you are enjoying our app and know you will be delighted by the new features and services we have planned this year.

Most importantly, none of this growth and change would have been possible without the hard work of our Grindr employees and partners, who have made so much happen in just under seven years, and keep me inspired every day to keep growing our brand.

Grind on,

Joel Simkhai
Founder & CEO