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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.
At Grindr, we are constantly considering how to positively impact the countless lesbian, gay bi, trans and queer people who struggle against so many outside forces to form the romantic partnerships we want – whether it’s family and societal rejection; racial injustice; economic marginalization; or religious bigotry. We want to help LGBTQ communities both recognize and move beyond the trauma that we carry with us no matter what country we live in and we’re calling on our users to show the same solidarity with our people around the world.
This is why we created Grindr for Equality three years ago – to use our unique ability to reach men in 192 countries – not just for social networking but also for social justice.
So far we have made the individual safety and wellness of our users our top priority. Activists in countries like Egypt have worked with us to send messages to our users in hot spots around the country warning of police crackdowns; we’ve participated in campaigns to increase HIV testing for gay men around the globe; we’ve raised awareness about important political elections and have shared educational information about PrEP.
These have been exciting steps forward, but we are setting our sights on much more. It is going to require innovative thinking and a wide array of community-specific tactics. Our strategy is rooted in amplifying the work that is already underway around the globe and moving our users to join in and take action.
Under the leadership of Jack Harrison-Quintana, our new director of Grindr for Equality, we are building new partnerships with groups like the Beijing Gender Health and Education Institute (BGHEI), an organization working to raise awareness about sexual diversity and equality in Mainland Chinese society. In partnership with BGHEI we will make sure Grindr users in China have access to thorough and relevant sexual health information in colloquial Chinese.
Another is MOSAIC (Middle East and North Africa Organization for Services, Advocacy, Integration, and Capacity Building), a holistic program committed to improving the wellness of marginalized groups in Lebanon and throughout the region. Because Lebanon is one of the few countries who has accepted the influx of Syrians displaced by the current conflict, we want to make sure Syrian Grindr users living in Lebanon know where to go to get refugee services that are LGBT-competent and affirming.
While the international community is our top priority, there is still plenty of work to be done in the U.S. as well. The government still has no federal protections against employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination. So we are doubling down on our commitment even as we stand on what is hopefully the precipice of full marriage equality in the United States.
To achieve success, it is crucial that we keep up our momentum, so if you have an organization that Grindr for Equality can amplify, please fill out our online form. We are committed to creating pathways for Americans to reach out across borders and we will need your help.
Together, we can make a difference to advance our rights and win the fight to achieve equality worldwide.
As someone who has been working with trans activists for the last decade, I often tell people that I couldn’t have imagined some of the things that are happening now in the mass media. Last year Laverne Cox was on the cover of Time; this year a trans guy, Aydian Dowling, is in the lead of an online contest to be on the cover of Men’s Health; and, of course, this week Caitlyn Jenner became the first trans woman to be featured on the cover of Vanity Fair (and photographed by lesbian artist, Annie Leibovitz, no less).
Back in April when the Diane Sawyer interview first ran, we posted a few tips to help people make sure they can do so with respect when discussing Caitlyn. And we’re so excited now that she’s been able to take the next step to live her life full time as her authentic self.
I was struck, too, by Caitlyn’s statement that the Vanity Fair cover has set her free. That makes me so glad for her and it also underscores how much more we have to do. Just in the US, 1 in 5 trans people have experienced homelessness, more than half have been rejected by their families, and 41% have attempted suicide because of the discrimination they face. Globally, 1,731 murders of trans people have been documented since 2008 with countless more we undoubtedly don’t know about.
At Grindr for Equality, we’re committed to a world where all trans people can be free to be themselves just like Caitlyn, regardless of their socio-economic status, whether they’re famous, and where they live.
It’s a week to celebrate and it’s also a week to recommit to our activism.
For more on this week’s events, see…