January 22, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

COLUMN: Facing the Racism, Prejudices of Gay Dating Apps

By Elijah Root Sanchez

The dating pool is getting a little Kindr.

Grindr is launching a “Kindr” campaign in attempts to combat its not so kind reputation.

The gay dating app is attempting to address its many criticisms of racism and non-inclusive environment on the app. People of color on the app have often experienced racism, body shaming, femme-shaming and transphobia.

This discrimination has been ingrained into the culture of Grindr and gay dating culture, disguising itself under “preference.” Grindr users put in their biographies phrases like “No fats, no femmes, no blacks, no Asians.”

In July of 2018, an Asian-American Sinakhone Keodara announced his intent to bring a class-action lawsuit against Grindr, claiming that he “has been offended, humiliated, degraded and dehumanized by Grindr allowing gay white men to write in their profiles ‘No Asians,’ ‘Not interested in Asians,’ or ‘I don’t find Asians attractive,” according to his tweet.

In an interview with NBC, Keodara said that Grindr “allows blatant sexual racism by not monitoring or censoring anti-Asian and anti-black profiles.”

Until this point, Grindr has been a complete bystander, allowing this culture to cultivate.

Grindr is now trying to combat this explicit racism, body shaming and femme-shaming with the new Kindr campaign, stating “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.”

Although Grindr is attempting to address this issue now, it is unclear if their efforts are too late. Grindr has been complicit of this behavior for nine years, so critics suspect campaign may not do much to stop it.

Grindr recognizes that people will continue to have preferences, but they will not tolerate bullying and harassment, according to Kindr Campaign website.

Grindr encourages its users to  “[r]eport discrimination when you see it. Use your voice and share your story to call out prejudice and spark change.”

Related Posts

Sarah McBride Now Highest Ranking Trans Official – E.P.I.C Pride Show, January, 20th, 2021

January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021

E.P.I.C Pride, Highlighting the latest LGBTQ news in Entertainment, Politics, International affairs, and Culture. *Sarah McBride Now Highest Ranking Trans...

Missing Compton Trans-man

January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021

UPDATE: Luckie Alexander Fuller has been found as on Jan. 19th, 2021. Luckie Alexander Fuller, a local Los Angeles transman...

WeHo Will Commemorate MLK Jr. Day With Virtual Donation Drive

January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021

In January 2021, the City of West Hollywood will continue its tradition of joining hundreds of communities across the country...

LA LGBT Center Administers First COVID-19 Vaccines

January 9, 2021

January 9, 2021

The first of 400 doses received by the Center were dispensed by Dr. Ward Carpenter, co-director of health services at...

WeHo Fighting Climate Change

January 6, 2021

January 6, 2021

The City of West Hollywood is currently updating its Climate Action Plan — an effort called “WeHo Climate Action” —...

The Center Offered Free Meals For Those In Need

January 6, 2021

January 6, 2021

With the unemployment rate in Los Angeles County rising due to the Corona-virus pandemic many are struggling to make ends...

Two New Council Members Sworn-In To The City Council Of WeHo

December 20, 2020

December 20, 2020

The City of West Hollywood has sworn-in two newly elected Councilmembers: Sepi Shyne and John M. Erickson. Each Councilmember took...

Non-religious LGBTQ Youth Face More Discrimination Than Cis, Straight Peers

December 17, 2020

December 17, 2020

A report from the American Atheists and the Secular Student Alliance, called The Tipping Point Generation: America’s Nonreligious Youth, found...

L.A. Makeup Artist Is First Trans Man To Compete On “RuPauls Drag Race”

December 13, 2020

December 13, 2020

The cast of RuPauls Drag Race Season 13 has been announced this week revealing its first trans man contestant will...

Weho Celebrates 30th Annual Toy And Food Drive

December 13, 2020

December 13, 2020

The 30th Annual West Hollywood Toy and Food Drive will be accepting monetary donations until Friday, Dec. 18th, 2020 with...

The Center Long Beach Brings Diversity To The Board

December 13, 2020

December 13, 2020

The Center Long Beach has announced the addition of three new members to the board of directors: Long Beach business...

PIQUE Health – Specialized Treatment Plans to Optimize Male Health

December 11, 2020

December 11, 2020

Beverly Hills-based practice helping men come up with a plan to fully optimize their health Now more than ever, amid...

Local LA Teen Named Member Of HRC Foundation Youth Ambassadors

December 10, 2020

December 10, 2020

The Human Rights Campaign have announced that Nico Craig, an 18-year-old DJ and music producer from Los Angeles, has been...

Real Housewives Star Comes Out As A Lesbian

December 10, 2020

December 10, 2020

Braunwyn Windham-Burke star of Real Housewives of Orange County has come out as a lesbian.  In an interview with GLAAD...

LGBTQ Latinx Bar Noa Noa Place Opens

December 6, 2020

December 6, 2020

Noa Noa Place, a new bar dedicated full time to the LGBTQ Latinx community, has opened in Boyle Heights.  As...