Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Grindr Fights For Equality In Turkey

Grindr for Equality has announced it’s mobilizing its 6+ million users to fight the oppression of Turkey’s gay community & is working with Turkish LGBT association, KAOS GL to reverse the ban. Turkey’s government banned Grindr on Sept 11th within the country & in the process cut off a powerful resource to the gay community, which includes more than 125,000 active monthly Grindr users. Through the Ministry of Family & Social Policies, the Turkish government is using the discourse on the 'traditional heterosexual family' as a pretext to suppress LGBT rights. Joe Mirabella, Director of Communications for All Out stated, “Turkey's crackdown on free speech is very troubling. All Out members won't stand for Turkey's censorship of the gay community. If we don't speak out now, this won't stop with Grindr because it's just one part of the Turkish government's crackdown against freedom of speech across the entire country.” Grindr Founder & CEO Joel Simkhai added, “Oppression starts with the strangling of free speech & just like the burning of books in the past, today it’s done by cutting off people’s access to technology. Freedom to communicate is a basic right & Grindr is exploring all options to resolve this matter including a legal appeal. We’re grateful for the support of All Out & KAOS GL in helping us to reverse the blocking of Grindr in Turkey. Grindr believes in strength in numbers & we are urging everyone to sign All Out’s petition to strengthen & stop the silencing of the Turkish gay community.”
For More Info: grindr.com/equality 
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