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As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8, Grindr caught up with Benjamin Cole Beaury (aka the “Grindr sign guy”) at the rally last week in Washington D.C.
Grindr: How did you hear about the Rally?
BCB: Through Facebook groups I follow and friends. I volunteered with Equality Maryland to help pass Question 6 in November, and I regularly volunteer with the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community so a lot of those contacts keep me in the know.
Grindr: What made you decide to go?
BCB: Civil rights are earned, not granted. My parents raised me to be involved and take action when it comes to social justice; that’s my tradition.
Grindr: What made you decide to make your sign?
BCB: I had lots of ideas, but they all seemed so divisive or aggressive against those who disagree. I’m a lover, not a fighter, so I wanted to focus on a message for us - the LGBT community - that we’d get and appreciate. Grindr’s geo-targeting feature and recognizable layout seemed like a good way to express the importance of the Supreme Court’s decisions and what these trials will mean for us.
Grindr: What was the reception amongst the crowd to your sign?
BCB: Everyone loved it! Most people got it as a Grindr reference, but I think many thought it was just a pretty rainbow sign. It looks a bit Dada, I suppose. I had a lot of people stop and take my photo, so I thought I’d end up on a lot of people’s Facebook walls. Then my newsfeed started blowing up with my friends spotting me on the news and various blogs.
Grindr: What was the atmosphere like in during the rally?
BCB: My friend, Tom, and I got there at 7am, and there was already a crowd gathering. There were more supporters then opposition. It was really fun! Our side had music, dancing, and a spirited drag queen. I actually reminded an anti-equality guy near me that if he came all this way to hold his banner, he should smile and at least look like he’s having a good time. He just walked away. When their anti-equality cadre paraded towards us it felt tense. We all countered their “one man + one woman” signs by chanting “2,4,6,8: Kids do best with Love not Hate.” I felt bad for all the children in the anti-equality crowd. It’s unnatural to normalize a child to discrimination at any age.
Grindr: What more, if anything, do you think the GLBTQQIA community could do to help the cause of equality?
BCB: Visibility for one! Edie Windsor said it best after she came out of court on Wednesday, "as we increasingly came out, people saw that we didn't have horns. People learned that we were their kids, and their cousins and their friends."
When you are open in your workplaces, schools, and communities, you make it safer for another to come out too. We need to love ourselves and take care to treat the whole spectrum of GLBTQQIA with absolute kindness and respect. We weaken our cause when we marginalize our own. Also, love your body, know your status, and use protection in sex! And finally, we need your feet on the ground. Make good of that visibility: Volunteer. Donate time. Give back to your community and represent us positively. Washington D.C. is a pretty safe place to be gay, so I think what I did was easy. I really respect those who hold the torch in less-than-friendly parts of our nation. Those people are my heroes.
Grindr: Why is equality important to you?
BCB: I want the American Dream like anyone else. I see myself with a loving partner and as a parent one day. It’s also for the next generation. When a kid can grow up knowing that simple things like same-sex marriage is accepted everywhere, she or he will know they too are accepted everywhere. Our nation has too many homeless queer and trans youth who miss out on their dreams because they weren’t safe where they grew up. It won’t get better until we establish basic equality at a state and federal level.
The Eastern European country of Serbia’s prime minister, Ivica Dačić, announced a few weeks ago that he would be banning the 2012 Pride march in the Serbian capital of Belgrade, which is also the biggest city in the country.
Dačić claimed that there had been paramilitary threats to the public order if the Pride march were given the go-ahead. According to press reports, however, in banning the Pride march, Dačić was giving in to pressure from right-wing groups and the Serbian Orthodox church.
As a result of Dačić’s declaration, Serbia’s LGBT citizens and their supporters will be denied their right to express themselves and to assemble.
So what can we do about this blatant act of discrimination against our gay Serbian friends? Well, for one, we can send an email to Prime Minister Ivica Dačić at [email protected] letting him know that he’s really made the wrong choice. Feel free to create a message in your own words or simply copy/paste the text below to include in your email:
Dear Prime Minister,
I’m very concerned about the Serbian government’s banning of the 2012 Belgrade Pride march. Denying the rights of LGBT individuals and their supporters to freely express themselves and peaceably assemble is a violation of Serbia’s international obligations, as well as an insult to the proud gay citizens of Serbia. The law states that as the Prime Minister, you should have taken the necessary measures well in advance of the Pride march to ensure that the event was held without obstruction or hindrance.
I ask that you work with gay and lesbian Serbians to ensure they are safe during celebrations and everyday activities.
For more information, check out Amnesty International’s Web page about the Serbian Pride ban.
Grindr will be making a big appearance at WorldPride 2012, London's Pride fest, this weekend. Our Grindr boys will be out on the streets of Soho on Saturday cheering everyone on and giving away goodies and cool Grindr promotional items. Stop by, say hi, and get 'em while supplies last.
Additionally, we'll be around to help you meet your lost friends, new acquaintences, and all the Pride party people at our designated Grindr Meetup Spots. Just look for the banners at the following brilliant local businesses:
Fire (Meetup Spot is in the garden)
South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RT
57 Rupert Street, London W1D 7PL
11 Soho Square, London W1D 3QE
54 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4UB
Duke of Wellington
77 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QA
50 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DR
Plan to meet at a Grindr Meetup Spot, and always know where to find your old mates -- and your new ones. And why not grab a drink or a bite to eat while you're at it?
Happy Pride, London!
June may have been officially declared as National Pride Month by President Obama, but Grindr continues to celebrate the global GLBT community by supporting festivals, parades and events both small and grand around the world into the fall. From Birmingham, AL to Budapest, El Paso, TX to EuroPride we’ll be there to sponsor celebrations that connect our community and remind us of where we’ve come from and where we are headed.
This Pride, we have much to celebrate now that we’ve reached 2.2 million users in 192 countries and can truly feel the vibrance of our global community as a result of it. We are so proud to be the largest all-male location based network in the world linking together so many guys globally. Meeting face to face is what Grindr is all about so we hope to see you at one of the Pride events we will continue to support. For upcoming Pride events where you can meet up with other users and the Grindr team, click here. Reaching this milestone of 2.2 million users could not have been possible without your support and spreading the word about Grindr and for that we are eternally grateful. We look forward to celebrating all we have accomplished this year and look forward to what comes next.
We’re in London this weekend and thrilled to be celebrating Pride in the city with the most Grindr users… in the world! We have a packed schedule and the best part about Grindr is the meet-up so we’d be thrilled to meet you face-to-face at one of the following events this weekend. Come say “Hi!” and let’s grab a pint!
Friday, 1 July 2011
Pride London at CIRCA
Kick off your pride weekend in style tonight with the Grindr warm-up party at Soho's newest venue, CIRCA. It will be a day of handsome guys, delicious drags, and the hottest dancers. Show your Grindr app for a free shot. Open until 4am all weekend. Visit http://grindr.me/jNM9AV for details. Location: 62 Frith Street, W1D 3JN.
Saturday, 2 July 2011
Pride London 2011
Celebrate London Pride at The Apartment, exclusive cocktail lounge, inside of Kettner's Restaurant & Champagne Bar. From 4pm till late show your Grindr app for £5.95 bellinis and a free glass of champagne with every 2 course meal from the a la carte menu. Visit http://grindr.me/mcgsud for details. Location: 29 Romilly St. Soho, London W1D 5HP.
Sunday, 3 July 2011
Pride Special at Escape Bar, with our legendary drinks from 99p. Doors open at 9pm. To find out more or to get on the guest list for a reduced price entry of £3, go to http://grindr.me/bLTWRt. Location: 10 Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 0SU.