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Health promotion, research, and political action are the three pillars of our work here at Grindr for Equality. Today, I’m excited to report on the second of those three and give everyone a glimpse into a project we’ve got cooking with my longtime collaborators over at the Beijing Gender Health and Education Institute (BGHEI).
I’ve done a lot of work with survey research in the past, most notably on the National Transgender Discrimination Survey with the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the National LGBTQ Task Force. But what hadn’t occurred to me when I first found out about Grindr for Equality was the incredible possibility this program holds for amplifying the voices of gay and bisexual men all over the world.
With users in 196 countries and the biggest network of gay and bi men in existence, Grindr makes our capacity to answer long-time questions about our communities much more attainable. Of course, when we think about the Grindr users of China, we know that they don’t represent everyone under the LGBTQ umbrella. We’re mostly talking about gay and bi men, with some trans and non-binary folks also among our users. Secondly, there’s the question of socioeconomics. Grindr runs on iPhones and on Android phones, so LGBTQ people who don’t have smart phones won’t be included in this sample.
Nevertheless, being able to ask questions of this group will yield data that we’ve never had before and help advocates and service providers to do their work better. To begin this process, we asked the folks at BGHEI what are the things they don’t know about the Chinese gay and bi men’s community that they need to know.
We hope to follow up this initial study with more in the future. But to start, we collaborated with them and their networks to produce a set of twelve questions including…
• Do your parents know about your sexual orientation and/or gender identity?
• Have you moved to a different city or province so you can avoid telling your family members about your sexual orientation?
• Do you have straight friends who know about your sexual orientation?
Of course, we are not suggesting that anyone ought to tell their parents and friends about their LGBTQ identity; we know people face various levels of risk and each individual alone must make those decisions. However, these kinds of questions will help to establish a baseline about Chinese Grindr users’ social support systems as LGBTQ people.
To conclude, we ask the respondents two open-ended questions for which they can write in whatever they want. Those two questions are…
• Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
• Are there any questions you would like us to ask everyone in future surveys?
Both of these are important because they give the respondents a chance to really speak for themselves about what they think is important for both BGHEI and Grindr for Equality to know. It also invites respondents into the research process, offering everyone a chance to provide feedback about questions we could ask in the future.
The survey will be fielded in September in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Respondents will have the option to take it in Simplified Chinese or Traditional Chinese. Look for the results by the end of the year in this space.
健康宣传、研究和政治活动是我们在Grindr for Equality网站的三大工作核心。今天，我很高兴在此就这三大核心内容中的第二项进行报告，并向大家介绍一下我们与长期合作者北京性健康教育研究会（Beijing Gender Health and Education Institute, BGHEI）正在开展的一个项目。
在过去，我已经在调查研究方面做了大量的工作，最突出的便是与全国跨性别平等中心（National Center for Transgender Equality, NCTE）和全国男女同性恋者、双性恋者、跨性别者与酷儿工作组织（National LGBTQ Task Force）合作的全国跨性别歧视调查。但是，当我刚刚知道Grindr for Equality网站的时候，我并没有意识到该项目提供了难以置信的可能性，使得全球男同性恋者和男双性恋者的声音得以扩大。
这两个问题都很重要，因为它们让受访者有机会真实表达自己的看法，说出他们所认为的对BGHEI和Grindr for Equality都重要的事项。它还请受访者参与该研究过程，为他们提供机会，就我们今后可能会提出的问题提供反馈。
倡導健康、研究、以及在政治層面上的行動是我們Grindr for Equality工作的三大支柱。今天，我很榮幸能夠在這其中的兩大支柱上作出報告，並且讓各位一睹我們與長期合作夥伴「北京紀安德諮詢中心」（BGHEI）已在準備的項目。
這兩個問題很重要，因為這樣可以給答覆者機會提出他們認為BGHEI和Grindr for Equality應該知道的一些重點。此外，這兩個問題還能將答覆者更加融入到研究過程當中，並給每個人一個機會對我們未來的問卷問題進行回饋。
It’s summer. It’s Pride season. And our users are keeping it long-term and local.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Pride season! And with the gay holidays upon us, we thought it would be a great time to survey our Grindr guys to find out what they’re into (other than men), how they spend their summer months, what are their cascade preferences and more. After getting more than 2,500 responses from users across the nation, we were delightfully surprised with some of the data:
A whopping 47% of survey respondents said that they had found long-term friendships on Grindr – which goes to show that there are plenty of guys out there who aren’t just looking for Mr. “Right Now.” Children in your future? You’re not alone as more than half of all respondents (53%) said that they were open to having kids…so, we’ll keep an eye out for growth in the Daddy Tribe. And, speaking of families, there are seven times as many married users as there are engaged users on the app – proving the “honeymoon period” may be short-lived.
27% of respondents said that Grindr is the mobile app that they most frequently use. This makes us very, very happy. Interestingly, almost three quarters said that Facebook is the social medium that they most frequent, beating out Instagram, Twitter and Vine. So to those who say Facebook is on the decline, remember that it’s still number one among Grindr users. It’s also kind of fitting that users of the largest gay male social network most frequently use the largest social media platform (not that we’re size queens or anything). And not to brag, but Grindr users spend an average of 54 minutes a day on the app; Facebook users spend only 42.
Oh, and apparently summer is the season for Grindring as almost 60% of respondents find the long, hot summer months to be the period in which they’re most active on the app. Wondering where Grindr guys are congregating? Bet you thought we would say Mykonos, Ibiza or Fire Island. For U.S. users, look no further than your area beach or a backyard barbeque, which is where 54% said they would be. Basically, you’ll meet more guys this summer if you just keep it local.
While there are unlimited new fitness trends popping up in 2015 from underwater cycling to trampoline boot camps, when it comes to maintaining that beach-ready physique, many of our Grindr guys like to go back to the basics. Grindr respondents mostly use running (31%), weight lifting (25%) and fitness programs, like CrossFit (17%), to stay in shape. No, Netflix binging did not make the activity list.
As for those looking to maximize their Grindr inboxes, take note: 70% of respondents are most likely to answer a message from someone using a face pic – so buy a selfie stick and get ready for your close-up. But we all know that a great profile is more than just a pretty face, so follow some of our tips:
Happy Pride! #LoveWins
Grindr for Equality and the entire Grindr team would like to express overwhelming joy at the Supreme Court’s decision today in Obergefell v. Hodges. The court has ruled that all states must recognize our marriages and treat them the same as those of our straight peers.
This victory is particularly meaningful for us because Grindr is in the business of connecting people. We’ve seen countless marriages, partnerships, and friendships grow up out of the community we’ve created and seeing those connections validated by the court is incredibly gratifying. In honor of the news today, we want to lift up the story of one Grindr couple who will be impacted by this decision.
My husband and I met on Grindr back in December of 2012. We both live in rural Minnesota and there aren't many channels to meet men so the app has been incredibly important here. Little did we know, though, that we would find our husbands through this app.
Our communication on Grindr was steady at first, culminating in our first date, which was incredible. I'm a shy guy so it took me a long time to warm up to the idea I may have found someone.
We met a few more times, and more and more we opened ourselves up to one another. I began to realize I was really falling for him. Yet I held back, resigned to the idea that our connection was too good to be true. I lost his number and we fell out of touch.
One day I went shopping in the town where he lived, and as I was leaving, I got a flat tire. I didn't know what to do. The only person I knew in town was Eric. I went on Grindr and saw his picture. There was a green dot by his photo! I messaged him and only minutes later he got out of his vehicle with a small air compressor and re-inflated my tire.
That event rekindled our connection and we never looked back. Thanks Grindr and thanks to the Supreme Court for legalizing our love!
Jeremy & Eric
Married February 26, 2015
This decision represents a sweeping step forward for the entire country and we are so excited to see this day. But it does not mean that our struggle is over. Today as we celebrate, we hope everyone will also keep in mind how much more we have to fight for. In the U.S., we still lack federal protections from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations like retail stores and restaurants. Beyond our borders, seventy-eight countries have made homosexuality a criminal offense and in too many places, corrupt governments are using homophobia as a wedge issue to distract from their other failures.
So today we celebrate. Today we offer our congratulations to Jeremy and Eric and all the other couples impacted. And tomorrow we continue our struggle for justice.