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  • Every few years, a movie comes along that completely flips the script, so to speak.

  • (SS) Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which had its premiere at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.

  • (EDGE) A federal grand jury indicted four Texas men Wednesday with federal hate crime and conspiracy charges for using the gay hook-up app Grindr to target victims for home robbery.

  • The commission meeting of Sept. 22 has been rescheduled for Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, 2020 Wilton Drive.

  • Forbes reported today that the adultery-enabling site looked to buy the gay-hook-up site earlier this year. If it had, imagine the fracas the hacker data dump would have had on the gay male community?

  • A man from Sydney, Australia, who used the gay hookup app Grindr to lure and rob men at knifepoint was sentenced to at least 17 months in jail Tuesday, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

  • Life may imitate art, but some angry Grindr users in Berlin are taking legal action to have it stopped.

  • The Queen of England Elizabeth II has put the kibosh on online hookups for her 800 plus staff members, instructing Buckingham Palace police to put an end to overnight guests, especially those they'd just met.

  • One Irish priest will be taking a leave of absence following the discovery of his leaked nudes and presence on gay hook-up phone app Grindr. 

  • The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is on the final stretch of its Membership Campaign and consequently compiling the information that will appear in its “2016 Membership Directory & Resource Guide.” This book is the most important LGBT & Allied community resource directory available in South Florida from which to plan, purchase and/or select service providers.

  • HONG KONG (CNNMoney) -- A Chinese online gaming company is hooking up with the popular gay dating app Grindr.

  • The Chinese are hooked on Grindr.

  • A Christian group that’s running a large-scale ad campaign on Grindr to save LGBTs from their sinful lifestyle now denies its intentions.

  • Trash. Unethical. Dangerous. Those are just three words used to describe an article from The Daily Beast last week outing closeted gay athletes in Rio at the Olympics.

  • Police accused Delaware’s deputy attorney general Friday of raping a teen boy he met on the gay hookup app Grindr, the News Journal reports.

  • Dating apps are making us sex addicts, claims Sexual Health Campaigner Dr. Wendell Rosevear.


    “There’s always been clubs and beats, but now the internet makes it quicker, more instant and more accessible to the broader population,” Rosevear told Courier Mail. “So, some people find themselves addicted to quick or anonymous sex and the internet fans that. The internet can be a diversion from addressing the needs satisfied by long-term relationships.” 


    Rosevear claims that the internet has driven people into deeper social isolation, and people are using fleeting sexual encounters to make up for a shortage of intimacy borne from their lack of social interactions. 


    “People are becoming more reliant on social media and app connection,” Rosevear continued. “They are desperately wanting short, anonymous connection to alleviate that need to have a sense of belonging.” 


    The increased amount of casual sex has led to a rise in STIs amongst both men and women according to Queerty, as more and more people are pursuing condom-free sex. 


    As sexual encounters become more frequent and immediate, people are becoming less likely to disclose their STI and HIV status. According to Courier Mail, Gonorrhea rates in Florida increased 31 percent last year, chlamydia increased by 48 percent, and syphilis has seen a 70 percent climb over the course of the last four years. 


    While the hookup rates for both LGBT and straight individuals have increased, Dr. Rosevear stated that gay people were especially vulnerable to hook-up culture. 


    “People can be quite lonely, a lot of gay people fear they will end up old and alone, but equally, the internet does not allow people to connect who may not otherwise meet,” Rosevear said.

    “I have patients who spend their whole lives through internet socialization but can’t meet face-to-face with friends on the internet.” the doctor continued. “Some patients have only internet lives, they even have sex only over the internet.” 


    Interestingly, as users are becoming more attuned to hook-up culture, infamous hook-up app Grindr is choosing to move their platform from sexual to social facilitation — serving as a social media optimized for the gay community. 


    “The next problem I want to solve with Grindr is: ‘What do I do tonight?’ That’s what we’re optimizing Grindr for today,” Grindr CEO Joel Simkhai told Broadly. “I want you to get out of your house and do things. That could be hooking up, or not.” 


    According to Simkhai, Grindr could use its geolocation feature and collected data to point users toward tailored, local experiences. This could include a suggested new gay bar, a discount at local shops or group individuals with other users interested in a political rally. 


    “As we talk social networks — the Snapchats, the Facebooks, the Instagrams — they’re not really bringing people together,” Simkhai said. “We’re one of the unique apps that actually brings you to meet someone.” 


    So far the app has gone unchanged, but Grindr’s VP of marketing, Landis Smithers, hopes that the new technology will appear in the app within the next five years. 


    “In five years I want Grindr to be an immersive tool that can help people unlock things they didn’t know they wanted,” Smithers said. “We can use data to help us figure out ‘How can I connect you with your immediate surroundings?’ We know where our users are. We know what they like.” 

    With all of this innovation, Grindr still hasn’t paid much attention to the rising hook-up rates, and users are still using the app daily to meet sexual partners. 


    Grindr has already used ad campaigns to encourage HIV testing and safe-sex practices, and more sex-health advocacy may come with the app’s updates. But for now, many users on Grindr and similar sites are having unsafe sex, and lots of it. 


    “People are pushed into seeking validation from as many sexual partners as they can,” Dr. Rosevear said. “The recipe of using attention as a substitute for acceptance means they get tunnel vision of only seeing the immediate gratification.”


    Dr. Rosevear believes that society needs to have a conversation about ways in which people can re-engage with their peers both socially and emotionally. He doesn’t see hook-ups as an inherently bad thing, but sees harm in the reasons why people are hooking up. 


    “The simple equation is people who feel valued take care and people who don’t feel valuable take risk,” he said. “Our society needs to have this conversation to communicate and be with each other. It’s very human.”

  • Officials from the New York Police Department are currently investigating the death of Michael Wright, a former player for the New York Knicks, saying he was possibly was killed by someone he met on the gay dating app Grindr, the New York Daily News reports.

  • This week read about a bill allowing religious people to discriminate toward LGBT people in Australia, and Commissioner Olga Baranets accusing Netflix of breaking Russia's "gay propaganda" law.

  • This week read about LGBT NGOs under attack after the referendum In Hungary, and same-sex couples wanting to use surrogacy to have children in Singapore but can't.

  • In a new video currently available for viewing on YouTube, gay dating app Jack'd claims that 37 percent of Americans identify as Black, Hispanic, Latino or Asian.

  • After discovering a Grindr account, a gay staffer for former First Lady Melania Trump was allegedly fired, according to a former White House aide.

  • A day after many across the nation celebrated Trans Remembrance Day, one dating app is moving in the direction of being more representative of this community.

  • (EDGE) A study led by researchers from UCLA found that the gay social and sexual networking app Grindr is an effective means through which to distribute HIV self-testing kits among men who have sex with men who have a high risk for contracting the virus.

  • Grindr, the most popular gay dating/hook up mobile phone app, celebrates five years this week.

  • Last month, at least two men were held up at gunpoint after their Grindr date turned into a robbery. 

  • Grindr recently announced they are taking steps to keep their users safe in anti-gay countries.

  • Grindr users overwhelmingly support Hillary Clinton for President.

  • A hacker has sent warning messages to over 100,00 users worldwide of the popular hookup app Grindr, claiming that a flaw in the app allows the exact locations of users to be determined, UK GLBT news site Pink News reported on August 22.

  • Arts venues may be closed or operating at minimal capacity due to the COVID-19 precautions, but that doesn’t mean you have to forego those treasured holiday traditions like “The Nutcracker” and symphony concerts.

  • SUN VALLEY, Idaho (AP) — A former teacher at a Sun Valley private school has been charged with felony sexual abuse of a child under 16.

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