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Philadelphia Man Murdered After Traveling to Meet Man He Had Contacted On Grindr

Dino-dizdarevicA 25-year-old Phillly man was murdered last week after driving to Chester, Pennsylvania to meet a man he had contacted through Grindr.

Dino Dizdarević’s body was discovered early Thursday. He had been strangled and, according to Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan, sustained “multiple blunt-force trauma injuries to the face.”

Philadelphia magazine reports:

On Wednesday, April 30th, Dizdarević told his boyfriend, Nick McBee [below left], with whom he was in an open relationship, he was driving to Chester to meet a man he'd met on the app. McBee began to fear the worst when the night wore on and he hadn't heard anything from him. "He was a responsible person. He always called to let me know where he was," he says. "I knew something was wrong."

Dina-dizdarevic-nick-mcbeeMcBee filed a missing person's report with the Philadelphia Police Department on Thursday morning, and was called to identify a body in Chester that matched the description. It was Dizdarević, though, according to sources close to the couple, he had been beaten so severely that he was only able to be identified from his clothing.

The pair had been together since December 2012, with McBee saying of Dizdarević: “I loved him so much. We had so many big plans for the future”

So far no arrests have been made in the case, and it is not being investigated as a hate crime. Police are asking for any information that may lead to an arrest in the case.

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Delaware Deputy Attorney General Charged with Rape of Teen He Met on Grindr

Daniel simmonsDaniel Simmons, 34, a deputy attorney general for the state of Delaware, has been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy, New Castle County Police Officer Tracey Duffey said.

The News Journal reports that the investigation began in March after police learned of the incident involving the teen, who Simmons met through the social media app Grindr.

Simmons was charged with four counts of fourth-degree rape. He has been placed on administrative leave and police are asking anyone with information about him or other victims to contact New Castle County Police Department.

The paper adds:

As state Attorney General, Beau Biden in 2007 established the state Child Predator Unit within the Attorney General's Office with investigators who concentrated on proactively identifying child predators over the internet, while aggressively investigating and prosecuting traditional crimes against children.

Biden has issued no comments on the charges.


Christian 'Pray Away the Gay' Advertisements Appear For Australian Grindr Users

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Aussie Grindr users were the recipients of some mistargeted advertising this past Easter when the "location-aware social networking application" began displaying banners for Godlife, an American 501 (c)3 non-profit evangelical outreach site. Writers for Same Same reached out to Godlife to enquire about evangelizing on a gay hookup app and whether it was an attempt at a "pray the gay away" style of attracting converts. An unnamed representative responded with:

Wow, we really are all over the world. We do not judge anyone. We simply want you to know the love of God and what His son did to save you from your sin.

I am not trying to change you from who you are at all. God made you just the way you are. He loves you that way so who am I to go against God’s love. Happy Easter to you too. He has Risen! If you have any questions or need prayer about something in your life please let me know. God bless you and keep you safe from all harm.

So just a banner algorithm that wasn't particularly discerning, but it least it pulled from an accepting religious organization that apparently is gay-friendly. There are certainly worse ads that could have popped up.


Man Says He Was Assaulted, Robbed and Raped at Gunpoint by Man He Met on Grindr: VIDEO

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A Canadian man says he was raped, assaulted, and robbed by a man he met on Grindr while at a conference in Philadelphia, NBC10 reports:

SuspectThe 34-year-old victim, whose identity we are withholding, tells NBC10.com exclusively that he invited the suspect to his hotel room inside the Hilton Home 2 Suites at 12th and Arch Streets around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday after talking with him over Grindr.

When the suspect arrived, the man says he was held up at gunpoint and sexually assaulted.

“The whole thing was just a giant blur. I was scared and I kept thinking if i just do what he says, then he'll just go away," the man said.

Following the assault, the victim said he was forced to buy four $500 Visa gift cards. He was then walked to five nearby ATMs and told to withdraw $200 from each cash machine.

A struggle during which the man says he was able to escape was captured on surveillance video.

Watch NBC's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Philadelphia Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect. The man is described as 20-years-old, standing 5 foot 11-inches tall with wavy hair and star tattoos on the back of his right hand. He was wearing a dark colored jacket, dark blue jeans and tan boots.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the tipline at 215.686.TIPS.

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Anti-Gay Puerto Rican GOP Senator Who Resigned Over Grindr Photos Comes Out of the Closet: VIDEO

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Roberto Arango, a Puerto Rican Senator who vice chaired Bush's 2004 campaign there and cast several anti-gay votes before resigning in 2011 after revealing Grindr photos of him surfaced, has come out of the closet publicly in a radio interview with Noti UNO, Blabbeando reports:

2_arangoInitially Arango denied he was the man in the photos and then he acknowledged some of the photos were his but alleged he had taken them to document his weight-loss under a new diet but he never admitted whether the photos came from a personal profile on the popular gay men's hook up app or whether he was gay.

The news became tabloid fodder in the United States and Arango is still listed on several lists of the top sexual scandals to hit any politician but behind the scandal also laid the past of a man who had previously voted to deny rights to the LGBT community in Puerto Rico and sided with some of the most conservative factions in the island.

In 2004 he mocked a San Juan mayoral candidate during a political rally by implying he was gay and holding a plastic duck and making quacking noises when speaking against him ("pato" or duck in Spanish is a word often used as a slur against gays in Puerto Rico).

Arango also led failed efforts to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage or any other union that was not between a man and woman.

Watch his interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Russian Gay Dating App Blocked in Sochi; Users Sent Threats of Arrest

The founder and CEO of Hunters, a gay hook-up app popular in Russia which bears similarities to Grindr, tells Towleroad that the app came under an attack by hackers.

HuntersDmitry T (his last name is being withheld at his request, for security reasons), writes:

The anonymous threat which read, "You will be arrested and jailed for gay propaganda in Sochi according to Russian Federal Law #135 Sektion 6" was sent on February 1st, 2014 at 11:52 pm to all users in Russia, including those in Sochi.

Hunters is blocked in Sochi and Adler now, and some 72,000 user profiles were deleted throughout Russia. Hackers completely destroyed their profiles and all their messages."

On the morning of February 2nd, just a few days before the opening of the Olympic Games, users trying to open this gay app in Sochi were greeted with an alert saying that their profile was blocked for the next 55,000 minutes (38 days).

It looks like the Russian Government decided to take full control of the Internet and implement Turkish practices where Grindr has been banned for almost half a year. I think that this attack is connected to increasing censorship of the Internet and very soon other gay dating resources in Russia will face similar problems.

Our team was able to restore 24% of the profiles after 12 long hours. All other profiles were unable to be restored. In order to protect our users from future injustice, we have started moving our servers from Russia to Europe and are planning to finish this process within the next 3-5 days. Therefore, Hunters users may face further disruptions in the coming days.

I urge the entire gay community and all of those who consider the Internet to be a free zone to boycott not only Russian vodka but also everything that is linked to the Olympics and not to buy any Olympic souvenirs."

This attack should be looked at as an attack on the worldwide gay community with the goal of blocking any gay interactions during the Winter Games in Sochi, including those between athletes and locals.

Dmitry provided screenshots of the alleged attack to Towleroad.

If anyone can provide verification of the attack to us please email at tips-at-towleroad-dot-com or leave a note using the 'tips' link on the right-hand side of the site any additional info would be much appreciated.

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Dmitry also provided screenshots of user complaints to their support after the app was hacked.

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