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[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: loonie, Alberta, Jess Guilbeaux, Grindr and Blued, The Matrix

  • CBC reports on the controversies surrounding the creation of a loonie one-dollar coin celebrating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality.
  • Daily Xtra reports on the consequences of the election of Jason Kenney and the rise of the UCP to power in Alberta for LGBTQ people.
  • This VICE interview with Queer Eye subject Jess Guilbeaux on her experiences being black and lesbian in Kansas is inspiring.
  • This Radiichina article, noting American concerns over Chinese ownership of Grindr, looks on China’s similar and arguably more successful app Blued.
  • This fascinating Vox article by Emily Sandalwood looks at how the Wachowskis represented the trans experience in the Matrix trilogy.

[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: crystal meth, aging with HIV, Drama, Into, Nézet-Séguin

  • Rod Knight at The Conversation looks at the need of gay and bi men with crystal meth addictions to be able to access integrated care.
  • This still-useful 2014 article from The Tyee by Emi Sasagawa looks at the issues of aging HIV-positive men, many who had not prepared for the aging process pre-HAART.
  • Ottawa’s English Catholic school board has returned the excellent Raina Telgemeier graphic novel Drama to school shelves, after pulling it due to parent homophobia, CBC reports.
  • Daily Xtra notes what a shame that it is that Grindr has fired the editorial staff of its media arm Into.
  • The New York Times has this lovely article looking at the relationship between opera director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and his partner Pierre Tourville.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Kambiz Kamrani at Anthropology.net notes new research suggesting that all modern Australian Aborigine languages descend from a single ancestor more than ten thousands years ago.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly considers the search for one’s spiritual home.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the planned ESA ARIEL mission, intended to study exoplanet formation and atmospheres.
  • Crooked Timber considers the prospects for the university in the United Kingdom, post-strike.
  • D-Brief notes a study suggesting the worlds of TRAPPIST-1 might be too wet, too water-rich, to sustain life.
  • Cody Delistraty shares an interview with Nancy Jo Sales on everything from childhood to Facebook.
  • Dead Things notes the discovery of human footprints on the seafloor off of British Columbia, predating the Ice Age.
  • Bruce Dorminey notes the possibility that ocean worlds in the “ice cap zone” could manage to support life
  • Drew Ex Machina takes a look at the observations to date of near-Jovian analogue world Epsilon Indi Ab.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes ambitious plans by one private space development company to set up a functioning cislunar economy.
  • Hornet Stories notes the upcoming re-release of Garbage’s second album, Version 2.0.
  • In A State of Migration’s Lyman Stone takes a look at the regional origins of German immigrants to the US in the mid-19th century.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Grindr shares private user data with third parties that, among other things, would allow them to determine the HIV status of different individuals.
  • JSTOR Daily notes the struggle for equal civil rights in Alaska, as indigenous people fought for equality.
  • The NYR Daily reports on an interesting exhibit of post-Second World War modern art from Germany.

[LINK] “Inside Grindr’s Quest to Become the First Global Gay Lifestyle Brand”

Vice hosts Jonathan Parks-Ramage’s article looking at the desire and apparent ability of Grindr to move beyond being a hookup app to being a broader social networking tool, a brand even.

To most gay men, Grindr is known as the world’s premiere dick pic delivery service. But lately, the company’s executives, programmers, and PR soldiers have been hard at work to shift the app’s image from “hookup helper” to “lifestyle brand.” When I visited the startup’s new Los Angeles headquarters, an 18,000-square-foot workspace located on the 14th floor of the Pacific Design Center Red Building, change was all anyone could talk about. The panoramic view of Los Angeles provided by floor-to-ceiling windows was inescapable. A diverse and attractive staff buzzed throughout the workplace, coding at large computers or lounging on modernist furniture. Morale was high, and conversations hummed with possibility. One thing was certain: This is far more than just the dick pic Death Star. This is the nerve center of a global tech company, and thanks to a recent majority investment by a Chinese gaming company, Beijing Kunlun Tech, it’s one that’s poised for major expansion.

The investment, which was announced in January, put Grindr’s valuation at $155 million. But though Beijing Kunlun has acquired 60 percent of the company, the investor allowed Grindr to keep its current operating team and structure. In short, Grindr has an influx of cash and a significant degree of autonomy to guide plans for global proliferation.

A motivating factor behind Beijing Kunlun’s investment was likely Grindr’s rapidly growing user base. A little over a year after CEO Joel Simkhai launched the app in 2009, Grindr had racked up more than one million users. The app now boasts more than seven million, with the highest concentration of members in the US. Users are also highly engaged: More than two million people use Grindr daily, and spend an average of 54 minutes on the app. Simply put: Grindr has the gay community by the balls. It wants to take this massive, highly attentive audience and, per press materials, “become the preeminent global gay lifestyle brand.”

The company has a variety of plans to achieve this. Some of the app’s initial rebranding plays include Slumbr, a celebrity-studded Pride party hosted at The Standard hotel in New York this year; Grindr Varsity, a clothing line benefiting Athlete Ally, a nonprofit fighting homophobia in sports; and Grindr For Equality, a gay rights advocacy initiative. Leaders in the company also hope to expand the functions of the app in coming years, to transform Grindr into something closer to a “gay social network.”

Written by Randy McDonald

December 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm

[LINK] “Straight People Are Going on Grindr to Make Gay Best Friends”

Shawn Binder’s Mic article is perplexing. As someone who finds Grindr barely useful at all, the idea of using it as a conventional social networking platform–of heterosexuals using it as said, of heterosexual men–using it is honestly shocking.

“This is embarrassing,” Elizabeth*, 26, told Mic over the phone, her voice shaking. She was talking about how she discovered her boyfriend was cheating on her after she found a dick pic on his phone.

To hear Elizabeth tell it, her boyfriend had never expressed interest in men before, so she couldn’t believe he might be interested in having sex with them. “I knew something was up,” she said. She needed answers but wasn’t sure where to begin, so she pulled out her smartphone and downloaded Grindr for reconnaissance.

At first, Elizabeth pretended to be a man on her profile, asking around to see if any of the men in her area were sleeping with her boyfriend. “None admitted to it,” Elizabeth told Mic. But even though she didn’t find out whether her boyfriend was cheating on her on Grindr, something surprising happened after she ultimately broke up with him: “I actually started making connections.”

Over time, Elizabeth started regularly hanging out with a few of the men she met on Grindr. “Once I told them I wasn’t a guy, a lot of them blocked me. But after I explained [my situation] to the few who would listen, they were all really accepting of me,” she told Mic.

While it might seem strange for a heterosexual woman to use one of the largest gay dating apps out there, Elizabeth is not alone. She is one of a number of people who have turned to the app for something other than sex: platonic friendship.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 11, 2016 at 8:33 pm

[LINK] “Grindr, the Gay Dating App, Hooks Up With Fashion”

Written by Randy McDonald

January 8, 2016 at 4:01 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting that stars commonly ingest hot Jupiters.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on the spread of robots.
  • Far Outliers shares terms for making shoyu.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Ashley Madison nearly bought Grindr.
  • Language Log notes the changing usage of “hemp” as a political term.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the plan to save New Orleans by abandoning the Mississippi delta.
  • The Russian Demographics blog notes the genetic distinctiveness of the Denisovans.
  • Towleroad notes the pulling-down of a Warsaw rainbow monument.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes the American debate over birthright citizenship.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Anthropology.net notes the embarrassing discovery that one of the vertebrae believed to have been part of the skeleton of early hominid Lucy actually belonged to a baboon.
  • Antipope Charlie Stross comes up with another worrisome explanation for the Great Filter.
  • BlogTO visits the Toronto offices of photo community site 500px.
  • Centauri Dreams features a guest essay from Ashley Baldwin about near- and medium-term search strategies and technologies for exoplanets.
  • Crooked Timber examines problems with non-copyright strategies.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper noting oddities in the protoplanetary disk of AA Tauri.
  • The Dragon’s Tales considers how how to make enduring software.
  • Mathew Ingram notes that Rolling Stone encountered ruin with the story of Jackie by wanting it to be true.
  • Joe. My. God. notes a New York City artist who took pictures of people in adjacent condos won the privacy suit put against him.
  • Language Hat looks at foreign influence in the French language.
  • Language Log links to a study of Ronald Reagan’s speeches that finds evidence of his progression to Alzheimer’s during the presidency.
  • Languages of the World considers the geopolitics of a military strike against the Iranian nuclear program.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money argues that Jonah Lehrer was not treated unfairly.
  • Marginal Revolution approves of Larry Kramer’s new GLBT-themed history of the United States.
  • Justin Petrone at North contrasts Easter as celebrated in Estonian and Russian churches.
  • Savage Minds features an essay in support of the BDS movement aimed against Israel.
  • Spacing engages David Miller on the need of urbanites to have access to nature.
  • Torontoist notes the popularity of a bill against GLBT conversion therapy at Queen’s Park.
  • Towleroad observes the beginning of an opera about Grindr.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy takes issue with Gerry Trudeau’s criticism of cartoons which satirize Islam.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at a Tatar woman who kept Islam alive in Soviet Moscow, argues that the sheer size of Donbas means that Russia cannot support it, looks at the centrality of the Second World War in modern Russia, and suggests the weak Ukrainian state but strong civil society is the inverse of the Russian situation.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Centauri Dreams reports on a small satellite observatory, Twinkle, which will be studying exoplanet atmospheres.
  • D-Brief notes the magnetism of the Earth’s inner core.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze has links to two papers cataloguing ten thousand potential exoplanets found by Kepler.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a paper examining the age of some features on the surface of Mars.
  • Joe. My. God. notes Madonna is going to promote her new album by chatting with fans on Grindr.
  • Language Log notes that people have been complaining about the impact of foreigners on the English language since at least the 14th century (Danes and Normans, then).
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the bizarre suits against Obamacare.
  • The New APPS Blog wonders if the tendency among philosophers to immediately classify new events as examples of an established trend is a way to silence discussion.
  • Otto Pohl links to a paper of his describing how deported peoples lost and regained social capital in the former Soviet Union.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer wonders if China might support the Nicaragua Canal for security’s sake in the case of war.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog lists the dates on which the Russian Federation’s national territories (Tatarstan, Chechnya, et cetera) were created in the early 20th century.
  • Towleroad notes that a same-sex male couple was the first chosen to welcome the U.S.S. San Francisco to its home port, with a kiss.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the spread of Ukraine-related violence into Russia and looks at regionalism in the Kuban area of Russia.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • blogTO reports on a very futuristic and upscale condo planned to be built in North York.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper arguing that Kepler-93b is likely a super-Earth, not a mini-Neptune.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at a spectrographic study of part of Mars’ Valles Marineris.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that a business district in Fire Island is going up for sale at an unexpectedly low price.
  • Language Log notes the declining usage of the definite article “the” and increasing use of the indefinite “a”.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money calculates how much money Yale spent on educating The Great Gatsby‘s racist boor Tom Buchanan.
  • Marginal Revolution notes a 1991 paper suggesting international terrorism is rare because it is costly.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that American oil exports to Mexico aren’t noteworthy, being relatively low-volume and of fuel Mexico can’t manufacture.
  • Savage Minds follows an anthropologist in Bulgaria as she reacts to the death of one of her informants.
  • Torontoist and blogTO both report on the three new charges of sexual assault brought against Jian Ghomeshi.
  • Towleroad has a funny video of gay couples reading Grindr exchanges to each other.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Estonian criticism of Russian assimilation of Finno-Ugric minorities, and predicts crisis in the North Caucasus.