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Has Grindr Gone Political? Yes, Yes They Have.

I know there’s been A LOT of politics talk lately BUT everyone is beginning to realize how important Tuesday’s election is and what it could potentially mean for not only the US but the rest of the world as well. Even social dating app Grindr is participating in encouraging it’s users of statistics, and about equality by announcing the Grindr for Equality app:

Today Grindr officially announces its plan to mobilize gay men as a political bloc in the 2012 elections by delivering geo-targeted messages about equality issues to its 1.5 million U.S. users — and to call those users to action. Grindr for Equality, a social effort developed by Grindr, is this call to action, informing gay men in the United States about the issues, urging them to vote for candidates based on those issues, and getting out their vote in order to have a decisive impact on this upcoming election.

This new feature aims to help LGBT know what’s at stake by doing the following:

  • Creating awareness regarding GLBT equality issues being voted on in November;
  • Encouraging Grindr users to register to vote, providing them with sources that’ll show them nearby poll locations, and prompting them to vote when the time comes; and
  • Promoting knowledge of those presidential candidates and state and local candidates who support GLBT initiatives.

Grindr CEO Joel Simkhai, expresses because of the potential impact the election will have on our country we should vote for candidates that support equality:

“We must elect not only a president but representatives and senators who are supportive of our community and our equality. Local elections have national impact, so we want to use Grindr as a tool for mobilizing and connecting gay men around the country to help make a combined national impact.”

You know it’s serious when social dating websites make special features that encourage voting. And fellow readers it really is vital, imperative, urgent that you go out and vote in this election. Make sure that YOUR voice is heard. Have a voice in our future.


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