5 LGBT things you need to know today, Dec. 11

1. The U.S. is benefiting from a $2.6 billion spending spree by allowing same-sex couples to marry, and states who do not allow same-sex marriage (ah-hem) are leaving up to three-quarters of a billion dollars o...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Oct. 17

1. Writer of guest op-ed in TIME says hook-up apps are destroying gay youth culture.2. “You can laugh, but you did it, Mr. Brown. You went to Russia to foment hate.” Freedom To Marry president Evan Wolfson ...

Topher Payne: Loving Pride as the gay divorcee

Answers to the most commonly asked questions about my divorce: I’m fine. He kept the house. I kept the dog.We both live with roommates. No, really, I’m fine. Money is tight, but a person can adjust. No, we’...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Sept. 22

1. New U.S. Census Bureau data shows that over 250,000 same-sex couples across the country have married in the 10 years since Massachusetts became the first state to legalize it.2. “Merely calling these rel...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Sept. 5

1. LGBTs and allies, among other celebrities, react to the death of Joan Rivers.2. “Groundbreaking leaders often don’t come up with the innovative idea so much as recognize when the time is right and demons...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, August 20

1. “By this time next year, it will be over as a legal matter.” Former National Organization for Marriage spokesperson throws in the towel on marriage equality.2. UCLA's Williams Institute says legalizing s...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, June 13

1. “I think you’re trying to say I used to be opposed and now I’m in favor and I did it for political reasons, and that’s just flat wrong.” NPR's Terry Gross and Hillary Clinton got into a tense exchange over t...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, April 11

1. An AP report on Day One of the crucial Utah gay marriage case, which is a front-runner to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.2. "Larry had his heart broken so many times. I promised him I would not stop until ...
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Grindr: Friend or foe to the gay community?

By now, most people have heard of Grindr, and many of us have profiles. Our contact at Grindr reports that there are 4 million users worldwide, 1.3 million of whom are in the U.S. The average user logs on to Grindr 8-10 times per day and spends about 90 minutes using the app throughout the day. So if you find yourself Grindr-addicted, you’re not alone!

News headlines about the app are pretty extreme:

EXPOSED: The seedy underbelly of hook-up apps (News.com.au, September 2012)
A deadly dating game (China Daily, September 2012)
Grindr: Welcome to the World’s Biggest, Scariest Gay Bar (Vanity Fair, May 2011)
Popular gay dating app Grindr blamed for syphilis outbreak (Examiner.com, August 2012)