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You’re Just Not His Tribe: Rejection and the queer community 

 

Getting older and wiser doesn’t mean you’ll face less rejection. In fact I think most of us would agree that you’ll encounter it more.

Take dating, which is primarily a social dance of rejection and attraction amongst the billions of people who’ve inhabited our planet. Technology has had an immeasurable effect on meeting and courting and coupling. At no other time in history has mankind had the ability to browse an infinite pool of potential partners each day, filtered for you by location, hobbies, fetishes, degrees, etc. I could, potentially, use Grindr’s Explore feature to place myself in Tokyo, meet a guy on the app, and be sipping warm saki with him in a week’s time. Were you to tell someone about this ten years ago, they’d side-eye you before looking back at their Blackberry.

On the flip side, dating has never brought about the sheer volume of rejection we currently face. One hundred guys can reject you on Grindr in a day—more, if you’re tenacious. Mythology suggests that the Greek poet Sappho threw herself off of a cliff due to her unrequited love for a ferryman named Phaon. Imagine if she’d been rejected one hundred times in a day? There aren’t enough cliffs in the world.

You’re Just Not His Tribe: Rejection and the queer community

Tags: App, Dating, Environment, Exclusivity, LGBTQ, Lifestyle, Rejection, Relationships, Sex, Tech, Treatment

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16-Oct-2020


‘On the DL’: The sexual politics of sleeping with closeted guys 

 

Mid-way through I found out that I was the fourth guy he had ever kissed, the third guy he’d ever blown, and the second person he’d ever done anal with. The first was his ex-girlfriend who, fun fact, I did a science project with in elementary school. Small world. When I fingered him, I realized he hadn’t douched, and that he didn’t even know what that was. To be honest, it wasn’t as much of a fingering as it was a light Tinder-swipe. After making him shower, thoroughly, we had a blissful fifteen minutes of fun. He provided me with a warm towel after he accidentally came in my eye.

‘On the DL’: The sexual politics of sleeping with closeted guys

Tags: App, Dating, LGBTQ, Misrepresentation, Neglect, Preference, Sex, Social Distancing, Social Media, Society, Solitude, Tough

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01-Oct-2020


TikTok admits to censoring some LGBTQ+ content on its platform 

 

The infamous social media app has admitted to blocking LGBTQ+ hashtags to correspond with laws in specific countries.
In a recent report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, it was discovered that many LGBTQ+ hashtags and content were banned from countries like Russia, Jordan and Bosnia.

The report states that “Hashtags related to LGBTQ+ issues are suppressed on the platform in at least 8 languages.”

The hashtags include “GayArab”, “I am gay” in Russian, “Gay” in Estonian, “I am a lesbian” in Russian and “Transgender” in Arabic.

TikTok admits to censoring some LGBTQ+ content on its platform

Tags: App, Business, Censor, Cultural, Differences, Laws, LGBTQ, World

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12-Sep-2020


TikTok 'Shadow-Banned' LGBTQ+ Hashtags in Several Languages 

 

TikTok has "shadow-banned" several hashtags relating to the LGBTQ+ community.

A report released by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute indicated that terms like "gay," "lesbian," and "transgender" were restricted in several languages for global users, "no matter where in the world they live."

"TikTok users posting videos with these hashtags are given the impression their posts are just as searchable as posts by other users, but in fact they aren’t. In practice, most of these hashtags are categorised in TikTok’s code in the same way that terrorist groups, illicit substances and swear words are treated on the platform. On some occasions, hashtags are categorised as non-existent, when in fact they’re tagged on videos across the platform.

TikTok 'Shadow-Banned' LGBTQ+ Hashtags in Several Languages

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Gay hotel forced to remove BLM banner after anonymous complaint to city

US Marine who murdered a transgender woman was just pardoned

Gay bar raided by COVID “SWAT team” just hours after mayor changes regulations

Gay man was having the time of his life in the forest with his dating app Romeo. Minutes later, he was murdered

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Tamar Braxton's Ex-Boyfriend David Adefeso Claims He Was Physically Abused By The Singer

Tags: Activism, Advertising, App, Bar/Club, Business, Celibacy, Complaint, Denied, Etiquette, Exclusivity, Friends, Gay, Hate, Homophobia, Interference, LGBTQ, Misrepresentation, Move, Murder, Neglect, Police, Politics, Preference, Prison, Relationships, Release, Sex, Social Media, Theft, TikTok, Trans, Treatment, Violence, World, Youth

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10-Sep-2020


Cruel dad forced his teenage son to undress and whipped him mercilessly after finding out he was using Grindr

 

Courts in Plymouth heard how the father launched into a brutal display of dominance against his own child as he lashing he son 20 times while calling him gay and a “woman” for joining the queer dating app.

The man, who is in his 40s but cannot be named to protect the identity of his son, forced his son to strip to just his underwear, PlymouthLive reported, in a disturbing saga that came to an end when the son fled his family home and broke down at school.

“You shouted: ‘What’s that between your legs?’

Cruel dad forced his teenage son to undress and whipped him mercilessly after finding out he was using Grindr

Tags: App, Court, Domestic Violence, Hate, Homophobia, Parental Burden, Parental Crime, Sex, Sex Identity, Violence, World

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18-Aug-2020


Straight, Middle-Aged Men are Being Charged More to Use Tinder Plus 

 

Tinder is charging straight men over 50 almost five times more than some other users to sign up for its premium service, according to a recent investigation by an Australian consumer advocacy group.

The consumer group Choice enlisted 60 mystery shoppers to sign up for Tinder Plus—a “premium subscription plan” that gives users the ability to undo accidental swipes, change their location, and dish out an unlimited number of “likes”—and compared the rates they were offered.

"Nowhere on Tinder's website, privacy policy, or in its terms and conditions does the company say that it will charge you a different price based on your personal data," Choice's Erin Turner told the ABC. The company further alleges that Tinder's terms of use aren’t transparent enough, since users aren’t told that pricing models are dictated by the details of their personal data.

Straight, Middle-Aged Men

Tags: $, App, Business, Exclusivity, Greed, Interference, Men, Privacy, Seniors

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13-Aug-2020


Fisk University President Placed on Leave After Restraining Order Alleging He Drugged, Robbed Grindr Date: WATCH 

 

Dr. Kevin Rome Sr., the president of Fisk University in Nashville, has been placed on leave after a man filed a restraining order against him. In the restraining order, the alleged victim says he met Rome (who he knew as “Rob”) on Grindr, and Rome drugged him with GHB and threatened him.

A week later, he said “Rob” showed up at his house,...

...then invited other men over to have sex...

One of those men confronted him in early August with a message from “Rob” saying he should “stay away from his people” and threatened to kill him if he continued to date black men.

Fisk University President

Tags: Accusation, Alleged, App, Complaint, Drugs, Education, Employment, Gay, LGBTQ, Safety, Sex, Sexual Abuse, Victims, Youth

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12-Aug-2020


TikTok's owner offers to forego stake - sources 

 

China's ByteDance agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he would ban the popular short-video app, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

TikTok's owner offers to forego stake - sources

Class-Action Lawsuit Claims TikTok Steals Kids' Data And Sends It To China

Tags: $, Americans, App, Business, Cancellation, Court, Minors, Privacy, Release, Representation, Safety, Video, World

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04-Aug-2020


Black Exotic Dancers Demand Better Treatment With ‘Stripper Strike’ 

 

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, when strip clubs across the country were shuttering and dancers found themselves abruptly out of work, the Portland, Oregon strip club the Lucky Devil Lounge started a food-delivery service called Boober Eats in order to provide some of its employees work. The concept went viral (and was, in fact, covered by this publication), but local black dancers noticed something odd: its Instagram featured relatively few black dancers.

This wasn’t surprising to some black dancers in Portland, like Cat Hollis and Brianna Cistrunk, who say the club has a reputation for almost exclusively hiring white dancers. “They say they’re a ‘rock ‘n roll club’ [which means] they only hire a certain aesthetic,” Cistrunk says. “It’s an unspoken thing but it’s very well-known among most girls.” This perception was magnified a few weeks later, following the death of George Floyd, when the club posted a (now-deleted) photo on Instagram of #BlackLivesMatter flags festooning the stage. “There was a huge argument that happened in the comments,” says Hollis. She commented: “There are more #BlackLivesMatter signs than there have ever been black butts on that stage.” (Shon Boulden, owner of the Lucky Devil Lounge, tells Rolling Stone the controversy stemmed from “a lot of misconceptions of how our club operates,” though he acknowledged that only two or three of the club’s 30 dancers are black.”If there ever was the idea that we weren’t open to hiring all ethnicities, I guess I’d just want say, yes of course we do,” he says. “In our hiring, maybe it didn’t look like we were.”)

Rolling Stone

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It's 'Our Fault': Nextdoor CEO Takes Blame For Deleting Of Black Lives Matter Posts

Tags: $, App, Children, Coronavirus, Cultural, Dance, Discrimination, Employment, Entertainment, Environment, Equality, Eviction, Fashion, Guns, Hate, Hostility, Inclusion, Neighbor, Police, Policy, Politics, Punishment, Racial Tension, Racism, Rampage, Rehire, Restaurant, Safety, Sports, Strike, Strippers, TV, Video, Woman's Rights, Women In Charge

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02-Jul-2020


Nextdoor Ends Its Program for Forwarding Suspicions to Police 

 

Nextdoor.com Inc., the neighborhood social networking app, is discontinuing a feature that allowed users to forward their posts directly to local police departments, the company announced late Thursday. The move comes as Nextdoor faces scrutiny over its role as a platform for racial profiling, its increasingly cozy partnerships with law enforcement, and after reports that some of its community moderators were removing posts that mentioned Black Lives Matter. But the company is retaining other features that facilitate communication with police through the app, including one that allows direct messages to law enforcement.

“As part of our anti-racism work and our efforts to make Nextdoor a place where all neighbors feel welcome, we have been examining all aspects of our product,” the post read. “After speaking with members and public agency partners, it is clear that the Forward to Police feature does not meet the needs of our members and only a small percentage of law enforcement agencies chose to use the tool.”

Bloomberg

Tags: App, Business, Cancellation, Crime, Criticism, Cultural, Environment, Etiquette, Mental Health, Policy, Profiling, Racial Tension, Support

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19-Jun-2020


Without empathy the term ‘community’ is redundant 

 

This idea of belonging and imagined private utopias were characterised in the subvertive explorations of the mid-twentieth century works of David Hockney’s pictorial escapes in Domestic Scene (1963), retreats in his Cavafey poetry inspired The Beginning (1966), or differently in a more sexually liberating yet overtly violent esoteric excess William Borough’s novel Wild Boys (1971). However courageous in their time for avocation for same sex relations, in retrospect collectively they portray queer visibility as lacking in outward empathy and visibility for others. This has become confounded.

Such manifestos for a vision for a supposed utopia doesn’t widen for the inclusion for lesbians, transgender and BAME individuals. Also how does their context fit within the queer landscape of today given the lack of presence for others, especially where historically queer spaces and our representation are largely tailored and dominated by cis white gay men. This hasn’t largely been questioned to the extent till now in which Rosie Hastings and Hannah Quinlan’s practice observes and rightly exposes.

GAYTIMES

Tags: App, Choices, Community, Environment, Inclusion, LGBTQ, Lifestyle, Preference, Relationships, Safety, Sex, Support, Unity

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27-May-2020


Grindr is not a cure for coronavirus anxiety 

 

In moments of great anxiety, it is not uncommon for me to embark on late-night Grindr sessions. My fraught relationship with the ubiquitous gay dating app goes back several years, and doesn’t include a whole lot of actual dates, frankly. The endless grid of headless torsos and explicit usernames usually don’t want dates; they want “pics.” The whole exhausting experience often concludes with me staying up way too late on a weeknight, and uninstalling the app in shame.

But I keep coming back, addicted to the slot machine-like feel of the app, which LGBT researcher Jack Turban defines as the psychological concept of variable ratio enforcement. In his 2018 piece for Vox examining Grindr’s impact on the mental health of gay men, Turban says Grindr awards its users for clicking at unpredictable levels, and that’s one of the most effective ways to reinforce human behavior. In other words, Grindr works like a slot machine: once in a while you score, but more often, you fail — sending endless inquiries into the digital abyss.

Like many people, I have struggled with my mental wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic. In a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half of Americans said the crisis has negatively impacted their mental health. Early on, I attempted to cure my quarantine despair with Grindr, despite the obvious futility of the endeavor. While I had no intentions of actually meeting up with strangers in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, I still logged onto the app religiously, looking for an escape from my loneliness. Of course, being unable to actually meet up with anybody only increased my feeling of isolation, worsening the vicious cycle.

Outsports

Tags: Anguish, App, Coronavirus, Fear, LGBTQ, Lifestyle, Loneliness, Mental Health, Sex, Vulnerable, Youth

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26-May-2020


97-year-old gay war veteran robbed and assaulted after helping attacker 

 

On Monday (18 May), Rupert Starr – known to his friends as ‘Twink’ – was out for a walk on Neil Avenue in Columbus’ Victorian Village when a stranger approached him and asked for money.

According to Sergeant James Fuqua from the Columbus Division of Police, Starr – in an act of kindness – “decided to give this man a dollar to help this person during this crisis. He felt it would be appropriate to help him.”

Gay Times

Truck painted with “OPEN OUR GYMS F****T” cruises Colorado to protest safer-at-home order

Customer calls sassy Costco employee a “pussy little bitch” when asked to wear a mask

White Supremacists Deface Pulse Mural at Orlando LGBTQ+ Center

Queer People See More Harassment in Dating Apps Than Straights

Tags: $, App, Attack, Crime, Cultural, Dating, Employment, Environment, Etiquette, Gay, Harassment, Hate, Hostility, Injury, Leaders, LGBTQ, Lifestyle, Politics, Privilege, Protest, Seniors, Shop, Supremacy, Theft, Vandalism, Violence, World

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20-May-2020


Cody Latimer’s arrest set off by argument involving 4-year-old son: lawyer 

 

A sexual assault allegation involving Cody Latimer’s 4-year-old son sparked a heated argument over the weekend that left the Washington Redskins wide receiver facing multiple felony charges, his lawyer said during a Monday hearing.

Latimer, who was released on $25,000 bond, was charged with assault in the second degree, menacing and illegal discharge of a firearm in Colorado, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department. He also is facing misdemeanor charges of prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

NY Post

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Man jailed for breaking lockdown to harass mother of his children

GEORGIA POLICE HUNT MAN AFTER 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL IS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT IN THE FACE BY SIBLING

SC man kills woman in jealous rage, daughters trying to help

Black man and his mother say police brutalized them after false accusations of TV theft. Cops say there's much more to the story.

Sheriff: Man gouges out neighbor's eyes over loud rooster

‘They Came to Kill the Mothers.’ After a Devastating Attack on a Kabul Maternity Ward, Afghan Women Face Increased Dangers

Couple Allegedly Rob Man After Luring Him In Snapchat Sex Scheme

Tags: App, Arrest, Celebrity, Child Abuse, Children, Crime, Drugs, Environment, Family, Guns, Harassment, Human Trafficking, Murder, Neighbor, Parental Burden, Police, Relationships, Sex, Sex Worker, Slavery, Sports, Supremacy, Terror, Theft, Violence, World

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19-May-2020


San Francisco Church Sues Zoom After ‘Sickening’ Porn Shocks Bible Class 

 

An online Bible class run by one of San Francisco’s oldest churches turned sour when it started showing porn—and now the church is suing Zoom, where the meeting was being hosted.

The Daily Beast

Tags: App, Business, Education, Environment, Interference, Porn, Privacy, Religion, Tech, Theft, Threat, Worship

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14-May-2020




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