Many of us have tried a dating app once or twice. Maybe we were looking for some excitement or perhaps it was just sheer curiosity.

Whatever the reason, if you have, then you're no stranger to the way people basically lay out their preferences in their bios about the type of woman or man their looking to meet.

It seems pretty fair and should pose no problem since everyone's entitled to a choice on who they'd like to date. 

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That is until people started posting remarks that scream discrimination like "no black guys" or "no fatties". Once people start making these remarks, it becomes quite clear how thin the line is between speaking about your personal preference about who you would like to date, and being racist or body shaming.

This has been a problem that the creators of Grindr have been faced with since the app was first launched. The kinds of comments posted by its users definitely create a hostile environment that leave many people feeling like victims of discrimination on account of their race, weight and looks.

These comments are particularly aimed at young, queer men of colour, who in turn feel like there's no way of escaping the harsh reality of racism that lingers everywhere. 

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Which is why Grindr (a social networking app designed for gay, bi, trans and queer people) has created a second version of the popular app called Kindr which is aimed at eliminating all forms of discrimination on the app.

In a statement issued to AdvocateGrindr had this to say.

Sexual racism, transphobia, fat-shaming and other forms of discrimination are major issues that pervade our community – issues that we as a community need to address. 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. Grindr has a new suite of queer leadership - myself included - who share this same mission to take much-needed action, make impactful changes in the app and use Grindr's enormous power to do good for greater LGBTQ+ community. Our upcoming "Kindr" initiative, which is built around education, awareness and specific policy changes in the Grindr app, will serve as the first step of many Grindr will be taking to help foster a more inclusive and respectful community on our platform.

Many users of the app welcomed the initiative by Grindr warm-heartedly and took to Twitter to express their thoughts:

In the same way many people went on to express their skepticism at Grindr's new initiative and didn't think it would make a difference to the "sexual racism" people are exposed to on the app.


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