‘Queer Eye’ Fab 5 introduced Harry Styles to Grindr in Japan

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: The cast of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” on “Watch What Happens Live.” (Screenshot from YouTube)

Harry Styles was introduced to Grindr when he spent time with the cast of “Queer Eye” in Japan.

The Fab Five appeared on “Watch What Happens Live” where they were asked by a fan what it was like hanging out with Styles.

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US designates Grindr a national security risk

By : James Wellemeyer Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has designated Grindr a national security risk, according to an exclusive report from Reuters published on March 27.

Reuters could not obtain CFIUS’s specific concerns about Grindr for its report, but the designation has prompted Chinese tech company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co. to put the world’s largest LGBT dating app with more than 3 million daily users up for sale.

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The season of love is back, and so are we with 10 of Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s Most Eligible Singles

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“I’m in the mood for love simply because you’re near me. Funny, but when you’re near me, I’m in the mood for love.”  Those opening lyrics to “I’m in the Mood for Love” were written by lyricist Dorothy Fields more than 80 years ago, but they are arguably the best description of love’s holiday, Valentine’s Day.

Like joy with Christmas and food with Thanksgiving, love is elevated during Valentine’s Day. That is why we here at Watermark started last year what has now become an annual tradition: presenting Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s 10 most eligible singles for the year.

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Grindr shutters its digital publication Into

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Grindr unexpectedly laid off the editorial and social media staff for its digital LGBT publication, Into, on Jan. 15  in an effort to shift to video content.

According to the Advocate, Grindr’s communications department issued a statement to the press explaining the pivot.

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Grindr exec resigns after president says he opposes same-sex marriage

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Landon Rafe Zumwalt, head of communications at Grindr, has resigned from the position following President Scott Chen’s comments that marriage is a “holy matrimony is between a man and a woman.”

Chen had posted a story about HTC president and CEO Cher Wang supporting groups that are against same-sex marriage on Facebook.

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INTO apologizes for publishing ‘anti-queer’ Ariana Grande critique

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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LGBT website INTO, which is owned by the app Grindr, has apologized for publishing a think-piece on Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” music video which deemed the video “surprisingly anti-queer.”

“thank u, next” became a viral sensation with the biggest debut ever on YouTube. People were clicking to see the references to Grande’s exes and to watch nostalgic recreations of the popular rom-com flicks “13 Going on 30,” “Bring It On,” “Legally Blonde” and “Mean Girls.”

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Grindr president defends marriage ‘is between a man and a woman’ comment

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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Grindr president Scott Chen is under fire for a Facebook comment he posted in November saying “marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman.”

Chen, who became president in August after Chinese tech company Kunlun Group acquired the dating app, posted a story about HTC president and CEO Cher Wang’s support for anti-LGBT groups in the U.S. that were against same-sex marriage in Taiwan. Into, Grindr’s digital magazine, first reported on the posts which were translated from Chinese to English.

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Gay man sentenced for deliberately spreading HIV

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EDINBURGH, Scotland | A Scottish hairdresser whom police said deliberately tried to infect 10 men with HIV has been jailed for at least 12 years, The Scotsman reports.

Daryll Rowe became the first man in the country to be found guilty of intentionally setting out to spread the virus after meeting men on Grindr. Branded “grotesque” and a “sociopath” by his victims, the 27-year-old was convicted this month of 10 charges: five of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and five of attempting to do so, The Scotsman reports.

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Grindr looks to end discrimination, bullying on app with new initiative Kindr

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Grindr, the social networking and dating app for gay men, launched an anti-discrimination, anti-bullying initiative as a part of the app called Kindr Sept. 18.

Kindr was announced in July in a video posted to Grindr’s Instagram with audio of men talking about sexual racism and different forms of discrimination.

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Gay dating app Grindr shared HIV status with other companies

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NEW YORK (AP) — The gay dating app Grindr has acknowledged sharing its users’ HIV status with two companies.

Grindr says Localytics and Apptimize were paid to test and monitor how the app is used. The company says the firms are under “strict contractual terms that provide for the highest level of confidentiality, data security and user privacy.” Grindr says data that may include location or information from HIV status fields are “always transmitted securely with encryption.”

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Florida man robbed at gunpoint in Grindr app setup

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Florida police say a man thought he was going on a date set through an app, but instead was attacked and robbed at gunpoint.

Police say a 21-year-old Taborice Lee Foster lured his target using Grindr, a dating app for gay men. When the victim arrived to his home in Panama City, Foster and another man attacked him, pointing a gun from behind while searching the date’s pockets and stealing his wallet.

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Eminem says he uses Grindr, baffles fans

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Eminem fans were left wondering if the 46-year-old rapper was joking when he shared he’s used dating apps like Grindr.

Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, has been single since his divorce from ex-wife Kim Scott in 2006. In an interview with Vulture, he revealed nothing serious as come from his dating life.

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