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Grindr and UrSafe Apps Team for Safety and Security

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday August 11, 2020

Geo-locating social networking and gay/bi/queer/trans dating app Grindr has partnered with The UrSafe App in order to increase persona safety measures in LGBTQ+ dating.

Yahoo News reports that Grindr users worldwide will be offered a premium 14-day pass to use the security features of UrSafe — such as Follow Me, Check In, Hands-Free SOS, and Fake Call — whether meeting with online connections or even just going about daily life. Working in tandem, the apps will enable users to easily remain connected with friends and family and provide the ability to contact the nearest law enforcement services should the need arise.

Anthony Oyogoa, M.D., CEO and Co-Founder of UrSafe, said:

"While many people face uncomfortable situations in the dating process, like awkward conversations or getting stood up, there are serious safety risks that plague the dating community and affect LGBTQ+ individuals at a statistically disproportionate rate... UrSafe has always been a global advocate for those of diverse backgrounds and orientations, and the app's top priority is, and always will be, bridging the technology gap to ensure that everyone has access to basic safety and protection in all aspects of their lives."

The Grindr/UrSafe partnership is not only significant in its attempt to provide safety and security to the LGBTQ+ community — as Oyogoa said that for marginalized communities, "UrSafe was founded on the notion that living safely and freely is not a privilege, but a right" — but it also means that "4 out of the top 10 grossing global dating apps now provide The UrSafe App to their users," Yahoo News reports.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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