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04/19/2007


Grindr Tells Users to Stop Using Holocaust Memorial in Their Profiles After It Becomes a Trend

Apparently, attracting an online hook-up with a sexy profile photo taken with the asphalt slabs of Berlin's Holocaust Memorial as a backdrop is a thing, and now Grindr is distancing itself from the phenomenon after its founder previously appeared to endorse it, Salon reports:

Memorial_grindrIn the site’s early going, the proprietors bragged that the CEO of Grindr, Joel Simkhai, seemingly endorsed Totem and Taboo. “As a Jew and an Israeli, I’m deeply moved by how users are coming together as a community on Grindr to share and inspire others take part in memory of the Holocaust,” Simkhai told an Israeli newswire. But on Monday, Grindr press representatives told Salon: “Back in 2011, when Grindr was first made aware that a few users were posting an image of Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial in their profile, we observed that the user initiative was a novel form of expression.

“What started as users expressing themselves on a topic not often discussed in social networking profiles, has now become disrespectful.  We strongly encourage our users to engage in a respectful manner and honor the memory of those who perished in others ways outside of the app.”

The founders of Totem and Taboo, the site which has been aggregating the Grindr photos, say they are "proliferating": “We don’t really know what makes people pose there, and we’re not dealing with questions of intentionality in our project. We’re focusing on making the phenomenon visible.”

Grindr’s odd Holocaust fetish [salon]


News: Baldwin Style, Spidey, Christie's Flip, 'NYDN'

1NewsIcon Nope, Mitt Romney won't be teaming up with Spider-Man if he wins the White House.

Ohio1NewsIcon Republican House Speaker John Boehner, who hails from Ohio, thinks that President Obama will win the Buckeye State. "The auto bailout may help the president in Ohio a little," he said.

1NewsIcon Rosario Crocetta, the new gay governor of conservative Sicily, promised voters not to have sex while in office.

1NewsIcon LGBT groups plan on protesting anti-gay singer Beenie Man's upcoming concert at Ocean Grove Lodge in Trinidad, California.

1NewsIcon After endorsing President Obama in 2008, the New York Daily News today backed Mitt Romney. "Offering a rosy vision of a country already on the rise, Obama argues that he would lead a resurgence by staying the course," the editors write. "He posits that spending in areas such as education and clean energy would be beneficial, and he sees raising taxes on high-income earners as key to 'balanced' deficit reduction. Each on its own is attractive, but the whole comes up short."

1NewsIcon Openly gay Rep. Tammy Baldwin's popular Senate campaign is profiled in the New York Times Style section today. Why style and not National? Who knows, but here's a taste: "Though a victory by Ms. Baldwin on Tuesday would represent the election of the first openly gay or lesbian person to the Senate, gay groups have been surprisingly low-key about their public support. Fund-raisers have largely been intimate affairs at people’s homes; no giant fund-raising galas in gay enclaves like West Hollywood or the Castro in San Francisco."

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1NewsIcon New York magazine takes post-Sandy Manhattan.

1NewsIcon A judge tossed gay man Stephen Hank's defamation lawsuit against Bristol Palin and ordered him to pay all legal fees connected to a nightclub altercation in which Hank called Palin's mother, Sarah Palin, a "whore" and Bristol responded by calling him gay.

1NewsIcon Wreck-It Ralph topped the weekend box office with $49.1 million.

1NewsIcon PeTA says being a vegan makes your penis bigger. I doubt the veracity of that statement, because, c'mon, we men-folk would have figured that out ages ago!

1NewsIcon 10 random quotes from Ellen DeGeneres.

1NewsIcon Joe Simpson still says he's not gay.

1NewsIcon Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox says that his state will vote on marriage equality next month.

1NewsIcon The economy tops equality as the most important issue for Grindr users: "Forty-six percent of gay men who responded to the nationwide survey, conducted by hookup app Grindr, voted for the economy and job creation as the No. 1 priority in the race between the Democratic incumbent, President Obama, and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The second-highest-ranked issue was equality (29 percent). In third place was health care (11 percent.)"

Obamachristie1NewsIcon After loving up on President Obama during the post-Sandy media storm, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reaffirmed his allegiance to Mitt Romney. "The fact of the matter is what New Jerseyans expect from their governor is to work for them, not to work for any particular political party. I'm a Republican and I have endorsed Mitt Romney, I support him and I intend to vote for him on Tuesday," he told an Israeli television station.

1NewsIcon Maine GOP State Rep. David Johnson uses dead gay brother to rail against marriage equality: "I miss my brother and stay in contact with his partner because I love them both and know many other gay couples and love them dearly as well. The fact remains that God intended marriage to be between one man and one woman, and we have no right to redefine marriage. It has taken me a while, but I have finally figured out that God’s plan is better than man’s plan in all aspects of life. He constructed marriage this way for a reason."


Grindr to Make Republican National Convention in Tampa Gayer and More Hypocritical Than Ever: VIDEO

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"Imagine being enveloped by Mike Huckabee's speech on family values, and then glancing at your phone and seeing up to 300 high-quality [GOP closet cases] without any interruption.

Watch (warning: some work-unfriendly language), AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Interview' Magazine Puts Top Male Models on Grindr

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Fashion's top male models on a gay hook-up app? Interview magazine finds a sexy format for its underwear photo shoot. Model River Viiperi, above.


NY MAG: Grindr Destroying Fire Island Social Life

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New York Magazine reports that many are upset that the social hook-up app Grindr is destroying the social scene on Fire Island:

Log in to Grindr on Fire Island, as you would anywhere else, and you’ll see a grid of 100 smiling faces and headless muscled torsos, a catalogue of men accessible from the comfort of your summer share’s living room. (Although cell-phone service on the island can be spotty, most houses are equipped with Wi-Fi.) The app has been called a “virtual bathhouse” and been pegged by some as a reason for the decline of the gay bar, but in a place like Fire Island, it may be especially destructive. Aside from the beach, a large part of the attraction of the Pines scene is the opportunity to rub shoulders, and maybe sleep, with attractive and powerful gay men. “Not long ago, you’d walk around here and everybody would be cruising each other, not anonymously, but face to face,” said Sal Occhipinti, a tanned 43-year-old, at a recent afternoon “high tea” dance party in the Pines harbor. A few feet away, on the largely empty patio of the Blue Whale, a group of three men were busily typing on their devices next to the bar. According to Occhipinti, even the Meat Rack, the notoriously cruisy wooded area between the Pines and Cherry Grove, has been taken over by glowing iPhone screens.

Fire Island's main social hub was also destroyed by fire last November, and has only been partially rebuilt.

UPDATE: Grindr sent us a response to the story.

Grindr makes it easier for gay guys to meet other gay guys. It’s a social ice-breaker, and we're confident it's having a positive impact on gay social life. Local businesses know and love Grindr. We partner with neighborhood bars and clubs around the world, and we receive great feedback from our partners. They tell us that our local promotions are driving local users to local bars. Everyone wins.
 
Even in a place like the Pines, it’s great to have the option to connect with just the kind of guy you're looking for rather than simply leaving it to chance. Like many gay destinations and resorts, the Pines isn't just all about meeting people but also about being with your community, being with your friends and going out to parties and attending events.
 
In most situations, technology has proven to be super-helpful. A guy might be too shy to approach someone at Blue Whale or another establishment. Grindr allows you to find guys you might not have encountered in your daily Pines life. It could be that neighbor you’ve never met -- the one you keep missing.
 
Grindr is never a replacement for real life, but it is a great tool to help you meet new people around the block, around the beach or around the world.


NEWS: A Little Superman, A Lot Of Science, And One Unpopular Politician

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Towleroad-roadicon Watch Grindr CEO Joel Simkhai talk biz on Bloomberg Television, AFTER THE JUMP ...

Towleroad-roadicon "Superman: Forged By Bullies!"

Towleroad-roadicon Complicated memories of a father murdered mid-transition:

Superman_24“I was talking with Jean tonight about Dad,” [said my sister Bridgette]. Jean was one of her transgender customers. “And Jean said, ‘Maybe you were never meant to celebrate Father’s Day, because your dad was always meant to be a woman.’” She looked at me as though this might be a consolation, but I was having none of it.

“That’s absurd!” I said, because I believe our dad was a man through and through. He was 6-foot-7. He was lanky, deep-voiced. I often described his personality as somewhere between Anthony Bourdain and Howard Stern. What was most damning, in my mind, was how physically abusive he was to my mother and me. Bridgette missed much of this. She was 5 when I went into foster care at 15. The court made my dad take anger management classes after that. “He was always talking about how he hated women,” I said. “If that’s the case, how could he have really been one?”

Towleroad-roadicon Russell Pearce, author of Arizona's "papers please!" law, can't find a place to hold fundraiser; accuses Arizonans of trying to "stifle" his candidacy:

The fundraising event was originally planned to be held at Macayo’s restaurant in Phoenix, but the plan was scuttled by activist Dee Dee Garcia Blase of Arizona’s Tequila Party, a conservative Latino group formed in reaction to the deportation-happy Tea Party. Garcia Blase organized a protest to be held outside the restaurant during the event and contacted Macayo’s corporate offices, which led the restaurant to cancel the event on Thursday morning.

By midday Thursday, Pearce’s campaign had emailed supporters announcing a second location, Oaxaca Restorante Y Cantina in downtown Phoenix. However, when Garcia Blase contacted Oaxaca’s management, the event was canceled within hours.

Oaxaca manager Joseph Aguayo told the Capital Times that Pearce’s campaign had booked the event under a false name. When Garcia Blase told him who the event was for, Aguayo barred the group from the restaurant. “We don’t need that,” he said, “We want to keep the support of our Latino community.”

Finally, Pearce attempted to gain access to the library of Phoenix’s Central High School, a request that was denied 30 minutes before Pearce’s guests and supporters were due to arrive. Phoenix Union High School District Superintendent Kent Scribner said that the event, with the added concerns of protesters and security, posed a logistical nightmare for school officials.

“Given the late notice of this request and the anticipated turnout, we are unable to host it,” Scribner said.

Towleroad-roadicon Game of Thrones creators apologize for beheading President Bush.

Towleroad-roadicon A report from Syracuse gay pride.

Towleroad-roadicon Some evidence suggesting tiny particles sometimes slip the bounds of the universe to go ... somewhere.

Towleroad-roadicon You are carrying around six pounds of microbes.

Towleroad-roadicon Belief in gods continues to plummet amongst millenials.  

Towleroad-roadicon Dr. Albert Schatz -- vindicated!

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