An important decision not to systemicize discrimination against homosexuals of colour
In order to fight racism and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, the Grindr dating application has announced that it will remove its racial filter in its future version. An important decision for gay people of color.
“We stand in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the hundreds of thousands of gay people of color who log on to our app every day,” the Grindr app reported in a tweet, stating that it will remove its ethnic filters in its next version. The announcement comes as protests have erupted in the United States to denounce racial violence in reaction to the death of George Floyd.
This decision was made in response to numerous requests from users who wanted to change the criteria for identifying potential partners. “We will not be silent and we will not stand idly by. Today we are making donations to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute and Black Lives Matter, and we urge you to do the same if you can. We will continue to fight racism on Grindr, both through dialogue with our community and through zero-tolerance against racism and hate speech on and off the platform. As part of this commitment, and based on your comments, we have decided to remove the ethnic filter from our next version”, also explained the application in its tweet.
To date, Grindr has not yet announced the amount of the donations in question. The filter offered by the application allows those who have installed it to filter the search results according to ethnic origin. In fact, it has already gone to trial and is considered toxic to multiple gay people of colour who use the application. Many studies have also shown that it can harm the mental health of users.
Removing this filter is therefore an important decision to ensure that all people are not discriminated against on the basis of their skin color.
Source : Out