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Religious Freedom Supporter & Georgia Governor Nominee Brian Kemp's Ad Popped Up On Grindr

Using Grindr to get votes? That’s apparently what one Republican nominee for Georgia governor is doing.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Brian Kemp, the current secretary of state of Georgia and a religious freedom supporter, had cmapign advertisements on gay dating app Grindr.

Of course, this is more of an insult than a compliment because Kemp’s ad was an attack ad against Democratic rival Stacy Abrams and her stance on sex offender legislation. This leaves the implication that Kemp is trying to reach to gay voters and still think of them all as sex offenders.

The AJC reached out to Kemp’s campaign team and they responded by saying anyone who saw the ad probably visited his website recently.

In response, the Democratic Party of Georgia had this to say:

“But we don’t expect him to find much support,” added party spokesman Seth Bringman. “He has made clear that he would sign discrimination into law if he is elected governor, even though 400+ major Georgia employers have said that doing so would harm the state’s economy.”

This is just another point on top of the shady business going on with Kemp and Georgia in preparation of the November vote.

For instance, more than 50,000 newly registered Black voters have had their registrations frozen due to the exploitation of a controversial verification law.

According to CNN and an Associated Press report, over 53,000 voter registration applications, 70%  of which belong to African-Americans, were deemed insufficient for the “exact match” standard.

Under that policy, minor mistakes like a single typo or a missing letter can cause a red flag.

"As he has done for years, Brian Kemp is maliciously wielding the power of his office to suppress the vote for political gain and silence the voices of thousands of eligible voters -- the majority of them people of color," said Abigail Collazo, a spokesperson for Kemp’s political opponent Stacy Abrams, said in a statement.

Collazo also asked for Kemp to step down "so that Georgia voters can have confidence that their Secretary of State competently and impartially oversees this election." 

h/t: AJC, CNN

Has This Teacher Learned His Lesson After Having Sex With a Student?

Justin Adrian, a social studies teacher at Olathe East High School in Shawnee, Kansas, is being charged with a felony for unlawful sexual relations for having a sexual encounter with a student in his classroom. According to The Kansas City Star, Adrian, 33, connected with an 18-year-old student at his school using an online app (Grindr). The encounter occurred on September 6th when the student went to Adrian’s classroom and engaged in sexual acts after Adrian locked the classroom door. Adrian gave the student a hall pass so that he would not be late to his next class. Haven’t we seen porn movies that start this way?

According to court documents, Adrian told the student that he could be fired if people found out that they were engaging in conversation. The affidavit also states that messages between the teacher and student were ‘sexual in nature’. According to Fox4KC, Adrian asked the student to meet him at a nearby Target on September 6th, but the student declined. He persisted several other times during the day. Adrian was placed on administrative leave following the incident.

Olathe East High School sent letters to parents reading:

Dear Olathe East parents,

I wanted to make you aware that Mr. Adrian, your child's Social Studies teacher, will not be returning to Olathe East. We have an outstanding substitute in place currently and will be looking to name a permanent teacher as quickly as possible. Our substitute will be working closely with our Social Studies chair, and I am confident that students will have an excellent remainder to the 2018-19 school year. Once we have named a permanent teacher, we will communicate that information to you.

We are committed to working with our students and staff to make the transition as smooth as possible. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Kerry Lane, Principal

Adrian was also a councilmember for Shawnee City Council. He resigned on September 12th.

Currently, Adrian is free on bond, but is due back in court on November 7th. If convicted he could serve over two and half years in prison.

h/t: The Kansas City Star, Fox4KC

Oklahoma City House Turned Into A "House Of Horrors" To Target Gay Men

An Oklahoma City house became a “house of horrors” after it was used as the location for torturing gay men.

According to KFOR, several gay men were tricked, through Grindr invites, into showing up to an Oklahoma City house. The men thought they were arriving for a hookup, but instead found themselves victims of a crime.

Each man arrived at the house in 15 minute increments. After showing up, they were tied up and robbed at gunpoint. Afterwards, they were told to lie on the dirty ground.

The police first became suspicious of the crime when they received several calls about the area on S.W. 24th and Harvey.

When police set out to investigate the location, they discovered that the inside of the house was covered in trash.

In addition, the body camera footage, which can be watched below, shows the police discovering a backpack next to a chair. One victim later said that spot was where he was robbed at gunpoint.

Thankfully, none of the men were harmed. At one point, a victim tried to make a run for it. While he was later caught by the robbers, his distraction helped the other hostages escape and call the police.

So far, the authorities have been able to arrest one suspect, 31-year-old Deaunte McPherson. He has been charged with robbery with a firearm and kidnappings.

Unfortunately, the police are still looking for the other accomplices. Authorities are on the lookout for two men and one woman.

h/t: KFOR

Joel Kim Booster And Other LGBTQ Celebs Share Their Thoughts On Being Kindr On Grindr

Grindr’s “Kindr” campaign has officially begun and they’ve enlisted the help of queer people of color to help be the faces of this new movement.

During this summer, Grindr announced an upcoming campaign and shift to it’s program. This “kindr” Grindr would prohibit users from using terms like “No Asians” on their profiles.

Many have applauded and condemned this announcement, and some say it's entirely moot since the problem is more societally based.

Now, it seems the campaign side of the program shift has begun.

Recently, Grindr released the below statement about the “kindr” campaign:

“At Grindr, we’re into diversity, inclusion, and users who treat each other with respect. We’re not into racism, bullying, or other forms of toxic behavior. These are our preferences, and we’ve updated our Community Guidelines to better reflect them. Same app. New rules. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Their type. Their tastes. But nobody is entitled to tear someone else down because of their race, size, gender, HIV status, age, or – quite simply – being who they are. Join us in building a kinder Grindr. Express yourself, but not at the expense of someone else. Report discrimination when you see it. Use your voice and share your story to call out prejudice and spark change. Together, we can amplify the conversation and take steps towards a kinder, more respectful community.”

In addition, Grindr released the below video which included people like Joel Kim Booster, Rakeem Cunningham, Jai Rodriguez, The Vixen, Emilio Amador, and Jasmine.

Each person in this group shared personal thoughts on the age-old conversation of racism/preference on the app and in gay dating as a whole.

“If you don’t put ‘no Asians’ in your profile, it doesn’t mean you have to f**k Asians now,” said rising comedian Joel Kim Booster. “It just means I don’t have to see it….For you to say ‘I know what every Asian guy looks like and I know for a fact that I would not be attracted to any of them?’ That comes from a racist place. Because you don’t know what we all look like. That’s ugly.”

You can hear all the other opinions and perspectives from Grindr and its associates down below.

 

 

Is Grindr Usage Putting You At Risk? Shocking Video: People Can Find Your Exact Location.

Grindr is amazing.  It gives you the ability to see that you are not the only person lin your town looking for a quickie, excuse me, a date. In most major cities in the nation, you can see three to five pages of men less than 900 feet away.  Some Grindr users do not wish to have their distance from you shared, which is their own choice for whatever reasons, but don't we just look at the man before and after him and guess his distance? Now picture yourself in a nation where being gay is illegal and the punishment is death. Do you think it would be benificial to have your location shared?

Grindr removed the distance location feature back in 2014 but soon reinstated it after receiving user complaints (September 2014 Grindr Reinstates Distance Feature On App).  Was this a good idea?  I am sure 'Merikans thought so, but what about users in other nations?

September 2014 Grindr Warns Egyptians About Risks Of Using The App, we shared:

Grindr was under criticism this summer for a design feature that might allow the network to be used to pinpoint the exact location of users. The English-language Egyptian publication the Cairo Scene published a story on September 2 that said Grindr was a primary tool for these schemes, but the story included no evidence of documented cases and human rights activists in Egypt say they know of no confirmed cases of entrapment through Grindr or other social media applications designed exclusively for mobile phones.

Other apps have worked with certain regions of the world to protect app users in our November 2017 Exclusive Interview with Coley Cummiskey: The Man Behind the Creation & Success of GROWLr, we learned of his work with protecting GROWLr app users.

One of the main things we do is that the app has the option to hide your location.  That’s not just on the profile but behind the scenes, too. If you select that option, there will be no internal data regarding your location, no latitude, no longitude, nothing. We are used in some of those nations that are using the apps to track down people.  We had a gay advocacy group from the Middle East work with our app to identify and establish safety measures. They actually traveled to me here in Seattle to meet.  It was so important to them and we definitely worked with them and were excited and honored to do so.  It was a great experience. And the Middle East is one of our more popular areas.

That interview was shortly after October 2017 when we posted: Egyptian Authorities Are Using Grindr To Lure & Arrest Gay Men and then in April 2018  Grindr is sharing your HIV Status as well as other personal info!

What is the status of Grindr user location information?   Take a look at this horrific video shared on QueerEurope's Twitter account that made my jaw drop.

Earlier in the year it was revealed that a security flaw made it possible to determine not only the location, but also the HIV status of Grindr users. Months down the line, Grindr is still exposing the precise location of its users by failing to block third-party access to a private API.

Using a trilateration technique, and exploiting the fact that Grindr lets users know -- with some degree of accuracy -- how far away they are from others, it is very easy for just about anyone to build a tool that shows precise locations.

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The Grindr API allows unofficial apps like Fuckr to make 600 API request every second, making it possible to quickly track the locations of numerous people. But more than this, it is also possible to cross-reference the Grindr database and pull up a huge amount of information about users, all of which can be posted on an interactive map. - QueerEurope.com

Imagine that guy that you just cannot shake from another app finds you on Grindr and physically hunts you down. Imagine the police using this in anti-LGBT nations to hunt down fellow queer folk.

Definitely check out more at QueerEurope.com as they go into more detail about how to triangulate Grindr users. 

Does this make you feel safe? 

h/t  :  betanews.com, QueerEurope.com

Scruff's CEO Talks About Two Major Alterations to the Hookup and Dating App

The Advocate has shared excerpts of an email from Scruff’s CEO and cofounder Eric Silverberg about two major changes that just hit the site.

Since August 17, the app no longer features programmatic advertising (third-party ads that target users via data provided by the app), and the app no longer requires you to provide your race/ethnicity.

According to The Advocate, Scruff’s advertising will now incorporate partnerships with “LGBTQ nonprofits, health, and advocacy groups, as well as lifestyle and travel companies.”

“Scruff members can be assured that their data will be used only to help them meet and connect with other guys,” Silverberg told the mag, “not to target shady advertising for products or apps nobody would want or use anyway.”

“Though this decision will cost Scruff revenue in the short-term, we believe it is the right long-term decision because it creates the best experience for our community.”

The E.U.’s General Data Protection Regulation went into effect in May 2018. This made programmatic advertising “impossible” in Europe, says Silverberg. "It didn’t feel ethical for us to hold U.S. [and international] users to a different, arguably lower standard of privacy than E.U. users.”Your Scruff account and your Facebook account can’t communicate anymore, either. Silverberg told The Advocate that this is because of the controversy surrounding Facebook data and the 2016 presidential election.

It sounds like Scruff is doing what needs to be done to steer clear of the kind of poor publicity that Grindr has been experiencing. Grindr, the most popular gay hookup app, has been in all kinds of hot water this year— for poor security, the sharing of users’ private info with third parties, the fact that in some areas it’s basically just a market for crystal meth… the list goes on.

Scruff has over 12 million members in 180 countries. By comparison, Grindr is available in 192 countries, and has amassed over 27 million users worldwide.

For more about the new changes to Scruff, as well as Silverberg’s thoughts on Grindr’s new “Kindr” initiative, head over to The Advocate.

Opinion: Grindr Can't Be Kindr

Last month, Grindr unveiled a new site (kindr.grindr.com) that shows the Grindr logo accompanied by the word “Kindr” and voice over from various interviews about sexual discrimination. Although the changes aren’t set to appear until September of 2018, no change can make Grindr kinder. Its racial discrimination doesn’t come from the app itself but rather the people using it and a simple app update cannot change that.

The Grindr app is simply an application that allows people to talk to others within their immediate location- anything past that is up to the user. Whether it be drugs, sex, or discrimination, the application is simply a means for the user to interact. It is clear that Grindr is an app that facilitates a toxicity within the gay community but it only enhances the toxicity that is already there.

The first problem with the Kindr campaign is that Grindr itself has not changed. Their advertisements across all platforms have perpetuated the Eurocentric standards of beauty and lean towards a gay, white, muscular man. Advertisements (such as those pictured in this article) show stereotypically “hot” white men in groups, already excluding any other race or body type. In an effort to add more voices to their campaign, Grindr has begun to reach out to its users about being interviewed in Los Angeles on their experiences with sexual discrimination. However, their ad to join the interviews had a photo of toned, tall, mostly white men. If they are open to changing the discrimination within the app, they must stop perpetuating the idea that those are what ideal gay men look like. When every ad for Grindr shows a singular body type or a majority of one race, it is perpetuating the idea that those are the most desired kind of people. Grindr’s marketing, advertisements, and pages for products like “Grindr Premium” thrive on the objectification of one kind of man.

The second problem with the Kindr campaign is that people cannot change with an app update. Whether the update bans discrimination in bios or gives users an equal platform, people’s preferences cannot change. Our inner homophobia is rooted deep and our “types” are a collection of our upbringings. Every ad for a commercial, every billboard for Calvin Klein briefs, every popular gay character on television has been a certain kind of body and we’ve engrained it into our heads. What will make Grindr kinder is self-reflection: thinking about what you like and why you like it. Until then, all an update will do is take up a little more space on your phone.

Report Explores The Use and Sales of Illegal Drugs on Grindr

NBC News has published a report linking Grindr to the sale of illegal drugs.

The world of PNP has nearly destroyed my life many times over. Knock on wood I survived, but the damage it caused is something I have to live with for the rest of my life.

To anyone with experiences like mine, this is story old news—but many may very likely find it eye-opening.

In the report, NBC speaks with drug dealers about their use of Grindr to move product, relying heavily on widely understood code.

Some lingo in case you’re not in the loop. PNP = “Party and Play,” a term used to describe wild sexual activities enhanced by hard drugs — notably methamphetamine, GHB, cocaine and ketamine. This is also referred to as “chemsex” by some.

I’m in recovery, and thusly I can’t use Grindr ever again in my life. The sale and use of drugs is all over the place on the app. Common Grindr lingo for drugs: “T” means “Tina” the street name for meth, “Party” and “ParTy” or any emojis that look like something you’d find at a party usually imply hard drugs, especially meth.

A diamond or crystal emoji = crystal meth. Cloud emoji = meth clouds. Stay away if you value your health in the slightest.

When you’re high on crystal meth and other drugs, you become sexually voracious and uninhibited. You also quickly lose everything that’s important in life. And a lot of guys who get tangled up in it die. 

To NBC News, this is all apparently quite riveting, explosive and new. To me, it’s old hat.

It’s easy to buy drugs on Grindr. I did it a lot, back in the day.

Also, earlier this year we found out Grindr has been selling our [very] personal information like HIV status and sexual preferences with outside companies. 

Addiction is hell. PNP has a cute enough sounding name--but make no mistake: it can be DEADLY. Meth is one of the most addictive substances on the planet, and you’re damn lucky if it doesn’t kill you. It’s perfectly reasonable to be frustrated with Grindr for their lack of commitment to cleaning up and monitoring the world’s most popular gay dating app.

For the report: NBC News

h/t: Pink News

A South Carolina Man Lied To Police About Being Raped By His Grindr Date

A Greenville, South Carolina man is now facing potentially five years in prison after he was caught lying to police about being raped.

A police report says that 37-year-old Joel Harris Peifer, of Rhett Street, met the authorities on the morning of July 16 at Greenville Memorial Hospital after an alleged sexual assault.

According to NBC affiliate WYFF, Peifer told the story that he met an 18-year-old on Grindr and had consensual sex with him. Then Peifer says he was drugged and raped while he was unconscious.

Taking this accusation seriously, the police asked if they could search Peifer’s apartment for additional evidence, but he told them no because he might have drugs or other illegal paraphernalia inside.

Then, police pulled up a picture of a teen and he claimed it was the one who raped him.

According to Greenville News, the arrest warrant then says that police determined that Peifer’s story was a lie after reading text messages between the two as well as other investigative measures.

Peifer was then arrested on Monday for giving a false report. False reports in South Carolina match the level of the crime originally lied about, so Peifer is facing a first-degree felony charge.

While he was released on bond on Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for the Greenville Police Department, he must return for his first court hearing later on.

If convicted, Joel Harris Peifer could face five years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

h/t: WYFF, Greenville News

"You Should Be Publicly Executed:" One HIV-Positive Man Shows The Horrors Of Hateful Grindr Comments

One man is showing the hate he receives regularly on Grindr for being HIV-positive.

Tom Hayes is the editor of the website Beyond Positive and often talks about the realities of living with HIV.

Hayes then went beyond the borders of his one website to address the topic. Hayes decided to share screenshots of abuse he receives on Grindr because of having HIV.

In the initial tweet that started the thread, Hayes wrote:

“One thing I hear again and again when talking to the media, or the negative general population, is that ‘HIV is sorted now isn’t it?’.”

“Medically? Treatments are simple, effective and stop onwards transmission.”

“Socially? HAH. NO. NOPE.”

From there, Hayes posted several screenshots of men saying things like, “You should be publicly executed,” and “Bet you wish you’d worn a rubber now slut.”

Take a look at some of the disgusting messages down below.

GayStarNews talked to Hayes about the tweets and living with HIV.

“Medically HIV is an incredible success story, it’s the fastest moving disease area in the world. We’ve gone from discovery of the virus to a single daily pill that stops you passing it on in just 30 years.”

“Sadly, society hasn’t moved at the same pace. People living with HIV still have to deal with stigma on a daily basis – be it from HIV negative peers, tattoo parlours or even the medical profession.”

“I wanted to share just a few of the messages I’ve received online to highlight the issue – and hopefully make people think twice before rejecting someone because of their HIV status.”

h/t: GayStarNews

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