Gay hook-up app Grindr has been blasted by a Stonewall rioter for not letting users search specifically for biological men and claiming that doing so is transphobic.
But Grindr, which is largely used by gay men, does let users search specifically for transgender users, claiming that it is ‘critical for this community to be able to find each other easily.’
The policy has angered veteran gay rights activist Fred Sargeant, who rioted at Stonewall in 1969 and others who say it’s hypocritical.
The app, which is run by George Arison, a conservative gay man, claims that allowing users to filter out transgender users would ‘further perpetuate discrimination and harm for the trans and non binary community.’
Veteran gay rights protester Fred Sargeant has blasted Grindr for homophobia, after the gay hook-up app banned users from searching for non-trans dates – but let people filter specifically for transgender users
Gay hook up app Grindr has fallen out of the good graces of some members of the community due to its gender filtering policy
Sargeant, who helped establish the first Pride and participated in the Stonewall riots, took aim at the app’s policy on X earlier this week.
‘So, filtering for gay men is bad but filtering for trans and nonbinary is okay @Grindr?’ he wrote.
‘You recognize trans/nonbinary needs to discriminate while invalidating precisely the same need for gay men.
‘Delete your service @Grindr. You’re no longer needed.’
Grindr’s policy had been spotlighted by X account @TransHomophobia, whose stated cause is ‘Highlighting homophobia from trans activists.’
The policy, which is listed in the app’s Frequently Asked Questions section as a response to the question ‘Why can’t I filter for Cis Men or Cis Women?’ reads:
‘When designing gender settings on Grindr, it was important to us to not further perpetuate discrimination and harm for the trans and nonbinary community.
‘For this reason, we allow filtering based on gender – you can specify that you want to see men or women – but this will include all men or all women, because trans men are men and trans women are women.
‘You can also filter for trans and nonbinary people, as we know it’s critical for this community to be able to find each other easily.’
Grindr is predominantly used by gay men, as well as transgender men and women, with biological women largely avoiding it.
Some users are ticked off by the perceived hypocrisy that trans and nonbinary users are able to filter for and find exclusively members of their own community, with no such option given to search for biological men, or the few biological women who use the app.
Grindr is currently run by George Arison, a conservative gay man who has previously been criticized for some of his right-leaning political positions
In response to Sargeant’s post, one user responded: ‘So fascinating that they think it’s OK to keep the trans filter active though. Apparently trans people are allowed to find each other because that’s important, but gay males shouldn’t be able to.’
‘Trans people can have filters to exclude you but you can’t have filters to exclude them,’ wrote another.
The app is currently run by George Arison, a conservative, gay man, who has previously been criticized by some members of the LGBT community for some of his stated political positions.
He backed Donald Trump and Virginia’s Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin, insisting that it’s possible to be both a proud gay man and a conservative.
When he was appointed in 2022, some users said they were going to delete the app and encouraged others to do the same.
Arison has thus far led the company through a successful IPO.