Grindr Making Changes To Protect People In Anti-Gay Countries

by Donyae Lewis

South Florida Gay News

Sunday December 3, 2017

Grindr recently announced they are taking steps to keep their users safe in anti-gay countries.

The popular gay dating app will be teaming up with global free speech organization Article 19 to set safety precautions that will hopefully protect LGBT people living in the Middle East or Africa.

Some of those measures include having the ability to disguise the Grindr app icon on their phone and creating security passwords for users to keep their profiles under lock and key.

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Currently, if you engage in homosexual behavior in Egypt, Iran and many African countries you can be at risk of being jailed and prosecuted, since being gay is still considered illegal in these countries.

Grindr for Equality Director Jack Harrison-Quintana said the company is doing everything in their power to take additional safety protections in order to make sure LGBT people in these countries can be protected from law enforcement officials.

"Ensuring the safety of our users worldwide is a top priority for Grindr," Harrison-Quintana said in a statement to Gay Star News. "In addition to changes to our architecture we have been working with regional activists to put out weekly, and at times of heightened scrutiny, daily notifications providing safety tips to avoid police entrapment as well as information about how to contact local LGBTQ resources."

Thomas Hughes, Executive Director of Article 19 is eager to see what their partnership with Grindr will be able to do for LGBT equality across the globe.

"This partnership is helping to keep LGBTQ people safe in countries where their sexuality puts them at risk of arrest, prison and even torture. Ultimately we want governments in these countries to stop their persecution of people based on their sexual identity, but these practical changes can help to reduce the impact of these repressive crackdowns," Hughes told Gay Star News.

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