In case you didn’t know, the gay hookup app Grindr can be a hotbed of racist activity. I myself have had guys tell me they don’t date black guys, and once a guy called me “Mexican.” And I live in Canada where racism allegedly doesn’t exist! So you get the picture. With all the racial tensions right now going on across America and the world, Grindr has decided to do something about racism on its platform. And so it’s going to remove race and ethnicity filters from the app.
Variety says that Grindr announced some changes coming to their dating app. Grindr previously allowed you to filter out other users based on a variety of things, race being one of them. In an Instagram post, Grindr announced that it would be removing the racial filters from its app upon the next update.
They also announced donations to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute as well as Black Lives Matter. Grindr said it would also announce its Pride Perseveres event calendar, which would take on the “added responsibility” of fighting racial injustice.
“Tomorrow, we will announce our #PridePerseveres calendar, but in a different light. Yes, we can still come together in the spirit of Pride, but Pride this year has an added responsibility, a shifted tone, and a new priority that will be reflected in our programming—support and solidarity for queer people of color and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.”
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We will not be silent. Black lives matter. We were planning to announce our #PridePerseveres initiative today, but in light of the ongoing violence and injustices against our POC family, that no longer feels appropriate. How can we launch a month of celebration when so many of us are hurting? How can we celebrate Pride without acknowledging that we wouldn’t even HAVE a Pride month if it weren’t for the brave black, brown, trans, and queer folks whose uprising against the police at Stonewall gave birth to the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement? It is our responsibility to speak out against the hate and violence that such a vital part of our community continue to face. We stand in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the hundreds of thousands of queer people of color who log in to our app every day. We will not be silent, and we will not be inactive. Today we are making donations to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute @mpjinstitute and Black Lives Matter @blklivesmatter, and urge you to do the same if you can (links in bio). We will continue to fight racism on Grindr, both through dialogue with our community and a zero-tolerance policy for racism and hate speech on our platform. As part of this commitment, and based on your feedback, we have decided to remove the ethnicity filter from our next release. Tomorrow, we will announce our #PridePerseveres calendar, but in a different light. Yes, we can still come together in the spirit of Pride, but Pride this year has an added responsibility, a shifted tone, and a new priority that will be reflected in our programming—support and solidarity for queer people of color and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
They also tweeted about it:
— Grindr (@Grindr) June 1, 2020
Well, Grindr this is nice of you… sort of. Now instead of filtering out ethnicities with the ease of a button, the racist gays will just have to write out: “No blacks, no fats, no fems, no Asians” in their profile like they used to. It’s the little steps forward that count.