We're proud to announce a really slick update available for Grindr on iOS and Android today. Grindr 1.8.5, which is now available in the App Store and Google Play and is on its way to BlackBerry App World shortly, addresses the chat issues that were causing message delays for many of you.
For those of you grinding on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, we're glad to let you know that Grindr 1.8.5 now runs better on iOS 6, the latest operating system from Apple. So if you're a proud owner of the new iPhone 5, Grindr 1.8.5 will allow you to use the app with fewer problems on that device.
The 1.8.5 update is free, so visit the App Store or Google Play to get it today, and if you've got a BlackBerry, please check BlackBerry App World soon — 1.8.5 will be available to you shortly.
For those of you on the very cutting edge of all things Apple, we have some news to share with you. First of all, Grindr will work on iOS 6 (and that includes the iPhone 5).
We have an update to your current Grindr coming your way very soon, and it's going to fix the iOS 6 compatibility issues we've identified.
Here are some of the issues you may experience with your current Grindr or Grindr Xtra and iOS 6:
When you go to upload a new profile photo and select “Choose Existing Photo,” your camera may open, which will allow you to take a photo on the spot, but your Camera Roll may not open.
When you do attempt to take a profile photo to upload, you may end up with a black/blank screen.
When you change your weight in your profile, Grindr may crash.
When you try to delete your profile, Grindr may crash.
If you're planning to update your profile photo anytime soon, we suggest you do so before updating to iOS 6 or switching to the iPhone 5. If you already have iOS 6 or the iPhone 5, we advise that you hold off on updating your profile picture. A Grindr update to your current Grindr or Grindr Xtra that addresses these iOS 6 compatibility issues will be available in iTunes very soon, and we'll let you know when it's there. Thanks!
Today Grindr officially announces its plan to mobilize gay men as a political bloc in the 2012 elections by delivering geo-targeted messages about equality issues to its 1.5 million U.S. users — and to call those users to action. Grindr for Equality, a social effort developed by Grindr, is this call to action, informing gay men in the United States about the issues, urging them to vote for candidates based on those issues, and getting out their vote in order to have a decisive impact on this upcoming election.
Grindr for Equality will work to enhance GLBT rights this election season by doing the following:
– Creating awareness regarding GLBT equality issues being voted on in November;
– Encouraging Grindr users to register to vote, providing them with sources that’ll show them nearby poll locations, and prompting them to vote when the time comes; and
– Promoting knowledge of those presidential candidates and state and local candidates who support GLBT initiatives.
Grindr for Equality is about rallying Grindr’s mobile user base of gay men into a nationwide force of informed citizens who vote with equality as their unified goal. Grindr for Equality will utilize Grindr’s geo-location capabilities to deliver targeted in-app messages that spur users into action and produce noticeable change in November’s elections.
“We must elect not only a president but representatives and senators who are supportive of our community and our equality,” said Joel Simkhai, founder and CEO of Grindr. “Local elections have national impact, so we want to use Grindr as a tool for mobilizing and connecting gay men around the country to help make a combined national impact.”
The outcome of this November’s national elections will be decided in several swing states, and Grindr for Equality will use geo-targeted messaging to reach gay men in those states. Dozens of elections will impact the direction of Congress, so Grindr for Equality’s will work to ensure the gay voice is represented in those elections. Gay men won’t be heard unless they vote – and driving them to vote this fall starts with raising awareness about GLBT issues on the ballots.
For example, Grindr for Equality will alert Grindr users in Minnesota to a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage that has been proposed and encourage them to contact their local representatives. Additionally, Grindr for Equality plans to assist Ohio and North Carolina advocates who are working to lift their states’ bans on same-sex marriage.
“All elections are won or lost on the local level,” Simkhai said. “There is no election or town too small to have a gay voice. We’ll use Grindr to unite gay men across the country, make that voice grow louder and have a nationwide impact.”
The following interview was conducted by pop-culture poster boy, freelance blogger and executive editor of Gunpowder & Gold Alexander Mayfair. It originally appeared on Washington, D.C.-based online magazine Outrage DC.
It feels like I’m literally dying. And not in a pseudo-philosophical “We’re all dying the minute we’re born” kind of way. I am face-down on my pillow and my hair is completely soaked with sweat. I have the urge to swallow but am refusing to do so. I have what is politely known as “kissing tonsils,” a cute name for a not-so-cute condition in which one’s tonsils are so inflamed that they are literally touching. So much for swallowing.
I haven’t seen the outside world for the last couple of days, and for the first time, I’m forced to do an interview over the phone. I’m all about face-to-face contact, but I couldn’t be happier conducting this interview in my PJs from the comfort of my own bed.
Alexander: So tell me, DLG, if you were driving an expensive fast car, what song would be playing?
DLG: It would definitely have to be “Fancy” by Reba McEntire. I would always rewind back to the lyrics “I mighta been just plain white trash, but fancy was my name.” True story.
Alexander: Sticking to music, what song are you embarrassed to admit that you love?
DLG: [Without hesitation] Anything by Miley Cyrus. I don’t know what it is with that b*tch, but I love her. I love that all her stuff is really catchy. She’s turnin’ into a badass, and her dad is Billy Ray Cyrus. He had the first mullet of the ’90s. You gotta respect that.
Alexander: That you do. He’s an integral part of mullet history. [laughs] Since you don’t possess a mullet for the ages, what do you want to be most remembered for?
DLG: I want to be most remembered for being a great uncle and a great dad. Even though I don’t have kids yet, I fully intend to. I have a great uncle and I want my nephew and niece to have the same support system I always have.
Alexander: I like that. That’s somewhat of an unexpected answer, if I may say so. Speaking of unexpected, what’s a non-obvious end to the perfect date?
DLG: I don’t date often, but if it went well – which it never does – I would pretend to get a phone call from my dad saying that Mom’s off the wagon again and she’s run over the family pet and is now in jail. If he can stick around after that, I know he’s a keeper!
Alexander: What about when you’re attracted to someone? What is something you can’t live without?
DLG: Someone who can’t make me laugh is an utter dealbreaker. You gotta take life with a grain of salt.
Alexander: If you were going to propose, how would you go about it?
DLG: I would probably take my boyfriend to see his favorite rock show. We would have awesome VIP seats and backstage passes for after the show, and I would propose in front of the band so they would basically have to do something special for us.
Alexander: If you had to name one person who shaped the person you are today, it would be…
DLG: My grandfather. He was a preacher. So good, so honest, and he was a true Christian in every way. No judgment, just love.
Alexander: What makes your mouth water?
DLG: Taco trucks and expensive vodka.
Alexander: When do you feel most uninhibited?
DLG: With my friends, on the Shenandoah River. We go cliff diving, rope swinging, skinny dipping and just have a blast. Being from the south, I have a special connection to the mountains. Places like that are what summers are made of for me.
Our interview finishes just as I have to get ready for my second doctor’s appointment. Tomorrow is Forbidden Paradise, a weekly party I’m hosting, and apparently the doctor thinks that the only way I will survive it is by giving me a triple steroid injection. “Your tonsils are just not shrinking fast enough.” Walking home, clutching my sore arm and filled with steroids, I can’t help but think of summers filled with cliff diving and skinny dipping.