Grindr, one of the biggest LGBTQ apps to exist over the past decade, has just taken things one step further to ensure the safety and security of all of its users on a global level.
They have made its Discreet App Icon feature available to all Grindr users. The company has also released two new language versions of its Holistic Security Guide.
The Discreet App Icon provides users with the option of replacing the Grindr app image on their phone with another symbol. The feature was developed in collaboration with Article 19 (the London-based human rights organization), The Guardian Project, and Grindr for Equality to help protect users when there is the possibility that someone may look at their phone and recognize that they are LGBTQ.
Grindr first made the feature available in countries where gay, bi, and trans people are in the most danger, and now is launching the feature for all users.
“For over 10 years Grindr has fought for the safety, recognition and approval of our community. In many parts of the world – including in the U.S. and Europe – we still see people being persecuted for being LGBTQ, so we are launching this feature to all users to help protect those who need it,” said Jack Harrison-Quinana, Director of Grindr for Equality. “Grindr at its core, is about making it possible for gay, bi, and trans people to connect to one another regardless of their circumstances. I am proud of our continued efforts to help empower and improve the lives of LGBTQ people, particularly for those who might be in danger simply for being who they are.”
The Discreet App Icon feature is available to all users in the Security section of the Grindr app settings page.
Grindr has also unveiled two new language versions of the Holistic Security Guide, which encompasses multiple areas of user safety such as: 1) digital security; 2) personal safety; and 3) emotional well-being. The new languages include Kiswahili and Bahasa Indonesia.
The Guide first debuted in six languages in December – English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, and Nigerian Pidgin.