Dating app Grindr has decided to remove the ethnic filter from its app. This decision comes as a mark of solidarity with protests taking place against United States’ Police brutality against black man George Floyd. The African American was choked to death by a white police officer kneeling on him in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In a statement shared on the company’s official Twitter handle, they said, “We stand in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the hundreds of thousands of queer people of color who log in to our app every day. We will not be silent, and we will not be inactive”.
The statement further read, “Today, we are making donations to the Marsha P Johnson Institute and Black Lives Matter, and urge you to do the same if you can. We will continue to fight racism on Grindr, both through dialogue with our community and a zero-tolerance policy for racism and hate speech on our platform”.
Majority of the Twitter users have appreciated this decision. Take a look at some of the reactions:
Now make it possible to report people for racism.— james | #BLACKLIVESMATTER (@hummusexualJR) June 1, 2020
well done! Let people report racism too please— Borja (@borjaswift) June 1, 2020
👏👏👏— Duke of Preston 🇬🇧🏳️🌈✊🏾 (@DOPreston) June 1, 2020
Thank you— Jay (@Jay_Roque) June 1, 2020
YASSSSS— 🗯 (@MileneRayCyrus) June 1, 2020
In another heartfelt post, the company revealed how they intended to unveil the Pride Preserves initiative, but aren’t doing so as the same does not feel right at the moment.
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We will not be silent. Black lives matter. We were planning to announce our #PridePerseveres initiative today, but in light of the ongoing violence and injustices against our POC family, that no longer feels appropriate. How can we launch a month of celebration when so many of us are hurting? How can we celebrate Pride without acknowledging that we wouldn’t even HAVE a Pride month if it weren’t for the brave black, brown, trans, and queer folks whose uprising against the police at Stonewall gave birth to the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement? It is our responsibility to speak out against the hate and violence that such a vital part of our community continue to face. We stand in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the hundreds of thousands of queer people of color who log in to our app every day. We will not be silent, and we will not be inactive. Today we are making donations to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute @mpjinstitute and Black Lives Matter @blklivesmatter, and urge you to do the same if you can (links in bio). We will continue to fight racism on Grindr, both through dialogue with our community and a zero-tolerance policy for racism and hate speech on our platform. As part of this commitment, and based on your feedback, we have decided to remove the ethnicity filter from our next release. Tomorrow, we will announce our #PridePerseveres calendar, but in a different light. Yes, we can still come together in the spirit of Pride, but Pride this year has an added responsibility, a shifted tone, and a new priority that will be reflected in our programming—support and solidarity for queer people of color and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.