In an effort to create a more welcoming dating space -- and to keep up with dating apps that have already announced stricter anti-discrimination policies -- Grindr launched a new initiative today designed to curtail abuse and bullying on its platform.
After a cryptic announcement in July, Grindr finally rolled out the details surrounding the Kindr initiative. The initiative will entail a new zero-tolerance harassment policy in its community guidelines, a ban on racist, transphobic, and body-shaming language on profiles, and a new video awareness campaign.
"Sexual racism, transphobia, fat and femme shaming and further forms of othering such as stigmatization of HIV positive individuals are pervasive problems in the LGBTQ community," said Landen Zumwalt, head of communications at Grindr. "These community issues get brought onto our platform, and as a leader in the gay dating space, Grindr has a responsibility to not only protect our users, but also to set the standard for the broader community that we serve."