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Grindr Launches Initiative to Fight ‘Sexual Racism’

Grindr, the largest dating app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people, is launching an initiative to combat what they describe as “sexual racism.”

In a video posted on Instagram, several voices are heard discussing the concept. “When someone says something like, you know, I don’t date black people, talking all black people, that would be referred to as sexual racism.”

“I’m just fixing everything that is wrong with the world; I’m going to do it all tonight,” the video concludes.

“It’s time to play nice,” the caption says.

*sound on* It’s time to play nice. Dropping September 2018.

A post shared by Grindr (@grindr) on Jul 27, 2018 at 11:42am PDT

Grindr is calling the initiative “Kindr.”

According to the Kindr website, the initiative will be revealed on September 19.

According to a statement released to The Advocate, the head of communications of Grindr confirmed that the initiative will combat different forms of discrimination.

“Sexual racism, transphobia, fat-shaming, and other forms of discrimination are a major problem that pervade our community,” the statement said. “As the leader in the gay dating space, Grindr has a responsibility to not only protect our users, but to take a stand on these issues and lead by example.”

The Kindr initiative is “built around education, awareness and specific policy changes in the Grindr app,” and will be the first step to create “a more inclusive and respectful community” on the app.

An opinion writer for The Advocate even considered suing Grindr for having “a hostile atmosphere” after coming across a profile that said, “not interested in Asians.”

“It’s absurd for Grindr to suggest that being attracted to certain races and genders, or finding fitnesses attractive makes you a bigot,” Brad Polumbo, a self-described gay conservative political commentator, told The Daily Wire. “You can’t control who you’re attracted to, shouldn’t they of all people understand that?”

Polumbo claims he has never seen the types of labeling mentioned in the Grindr statement but claims that sometimes people post their preferences and “almost no one commonly writes ‘no fats’ or anything so blunt.”

He added, “I’m not sure how much of an actual problem they’re responding to.”

Twitter users had mixed reactions to the announcement: