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WHILE MAJORITY OF GRINDR USERS ARE OUT AND PROUD, MANY STILL HESITATE ABOUT DOING SO IN THE WORKPLACE


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WHILE MAJORITY OF GRINDR USERS ARE OUT AND PROUD,
MANY STILL HESITATE ABOUT DOING SO IN THE WORKPLACE

Survey Reveals 82 Percent of Grindr Users are Out,
18 Percent of Users on Grindr are Still in the Closet

LOS ANGELES, June 25, 2014 –In honor of Pride events happening all over the globe, Grindr, the premier all-male meet-up app, surveyed its huge user base to find out how Grindr guys came out, why they decided to come out and how they’re helping out the LGBT community. It turns out that 82 percent of Grindr users surveyed have already come out and 18 percent have yet to come out of the closet. In fact, 6 percent of users say they do not ever plan to come out.

When asked the age Grindr users decided to come out of the closet, users in their thirties and forties came out in their twenties (44 percent and 32 percent, respectively). However, 50 percent of users in their twenties came out when they were still teenagers, showing the growing progression and acceptance of LGBT youth. With more than 5 million active monthly users worldwide, Grindr has become a resource for men even before they come out. The survey revealed that nearly a third of respondents were using Grindr before they came out.

“It’s a great time to be gay – not just because it’s pride season, but because the tide is shifting for our community,” said Joel Simkhai, founder and CEO of Grindr. “Our voices are being heard as laws are changing, people are getting married and we have more allies than ever before. Every day, more people are getting involved with our community and our latest survey showed an overwhelming 89 percent of Grindr users support the LGBT community by donating, volunteering or participating in equality initiatives. We are doing our part by helping to increase awareness through our Grindr for Equality campaign and have done some amazing work for equality and to advance the cause of our community worldwide.”

Grindr’s survey also put to test the saying that blood is thicker than water. Apparently not in regards to coming out – 72 percent of respondents said the first person they told was a friend, while only 22 percent told a family member first.

When it comes to how out Grindr users are, a large majority (96 percent) came out to friends and 81 percent have come out to family, but only 68 percent have come out at work. This means workplace discrimination fears are still top of mind for many Grindr users. This may be surprising considering the main reason respondents hesitated about coming out of the closet was the fear of rejection from family and friends. That 81 percent beat out other fears such as gay slurs, threats, excluded by religion and unfair treatment in the workplace.

So, why did Grindr users decide to come out of the closet? Sixty-one percent said it was time for them to be true to themselves. This is refreshing, considering 12 percent of respondents were out-ed by someone. Grindr conducted the survey on June 16, 2014 and more than 3,000 users responded; other interesting findings from the survey include:

  • More than half of respondents – 53 percent – have had a sexual encounter with a woman.
  • Seventy-five percent had their first gay sexual experience when they were teenagers.
  • Over a third – 36 percent – have had less than 10 sexual partners.

More than 1.4 million Grindr users log on to the app every day, and exchange 38 million-plus chat messages and three million-plus photos to one another. Grindr users spend about two hours using the app daily, and they log in an average of nine times per day. Up to 300,000 users are logged onto Grindr at any given moment. The Grindr and Grindr Xtra Apps are available for free and $.99, respectively, from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at AppStore.com/Grindr. The apps are also available at the Google Play Store for Android devices GrindrAndroid.com.

About Grindr:
Launched in 2009, Grindr is the premier all-male geo-social network that uses location-based technologies to bring together a global community of more than seven million users in 192 countries. Grindr also offers a fully loaded, premium subscription-based service called Grindr Xtra. Grindr is currently available on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android and BlackBerry models. For more information about Grindr, visit Grindr.com or Grindr.com/Press, like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Grindr, follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/Grindr and check us out on Instagram.com/Grindr.

Utah Says Gay Marriage Case Headed To Supreme Court


Carlos Santoscoy | On Top Magazine | June 25, 2014

The Utah Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday it was prepared to appeal a ruling striking down the state’s ban on gay marriage all the way to the Supreme Court.

In a split 2-1 decision, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver affirmed a lower court’s ruling declaring the ban invalid. The court placed its decision on hold so that it can be appealed.

(Related: Appeals court rules Utah’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.)

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Utah Cannot Ban Same-Sex Marriage, Court Rules


Huffington Post | June 25, 2014

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that Utah cannot ban same-sex marriages.

“We hold that the Fourteenth Amendment protects the fundamental right to marry, establish a family, raise children, and enjoy the full protection of a state’s marital laws,” the ruling said.

The court ruled 2-1, with Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr. dissenting.

A stay is in place, so same-sex couples are still prevented from marrying in Utah.

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Marriage Bans for Same-sex Couples in Indiana and Utah Ruled Unconstitutional


Based on Williams Institute research, extending marriage to same-sex couples in Indiana would generate over $39 million in spending to the state economy and 564 jobs in the state. Of the 11,074 same-sex couples living in Indiana, an estimated 50 percent or 5,537 couples would choose to marry in the first three years. Over 3,000 marriages would occur in the first year, bringing up to $25 million in revenue to the state.

Full report, click here

In Utah, extending marriage to same-sex couples would generate up to $15.5 million in spending to the state economy and approximately 268 new jobs. Of the 3,909 same-sex couples living in the state, 50 percent or 1,955 couples would choose to marry in the first three years. In the first year alone, over 1,200 marriages would bring up to $10 million in revenue to the state.

Full report, click here.

New Study: Seeking Help from Religious Counslors Associated with Increased Suicide Risk Among LGB People


For Immediate Distribution
June 25, 2014

Contact:
Laura Rodriguez, lrodriguez@rabengroup.com, (310) 956-2425
Donald Gatlin, dgatlin@rabengroup.com, (202) 587-2871

Black LGBs much more than White or Latino LGBs sought treatment in religious or spiritual settings prior to a suicide attempt

LOS ANGELES— A new study finds that lesbians, gay men and bisexuals (LGB) who sought mental health treatment from health care providers were no less likely to attempt suicide than LGB people who did not seek any treatment at all, but seeking help from religious or spiritual sources was associated with higher odds of a suicide attempt. The study, entitled, “The Role of Help-Seeking in Preventing Suicide Attempts among Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals,” is co-authored by Ilan H. Meyer, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, Merilee Teylan, Medical School, Harvard University, and Sharon Schwartz, Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University.

The study is the first to examine whether seeking various forms of mental health treatment is associated with lower odds of a suicide attempt in a diverse group of LGB adults. It finds that only about 16 percent of LGB people who made a serious suicide attempt sought mental health treatment from a health professional prior to the attempt; about 13 percent sought religious or spiritual treatment prior to the attempt.

The study finds that seeking treatment from a mental health or medical provider did not reduce the odds of a suicide attempt. Respondents who sought mental health or medical treatment at some time prior to their suicide attempt (or, among those who did not attempt suicide, prior to the age when suicide might have been attempted) were as likely as respondents who did not seek any mental health treatment to have a suicide attempt or serious suicide attempt after this time. However, counseling from a religious or spiritual advisor was associated with worse outcomes. Compared with individuals who did not seek help at all, those who sought help from a religious or spiritual advisor were more likely later to attempt suicide.

“The findings are troubling because seeking treatment is a recommended suicide prevention strategy and this study results show no more positive effect for people who sought treatment. More troubling is the finding that individuals who sought religious or spiritual treatment had higher odds of later attempting suicide than those who did not seek treatment at all” said co-author Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D., Williams Senior Scholar of Public Policy.

“More studies are needed to assess the efficacy of treatment for LGB people with suicidal ideation in preventing future suicide attempts. But, even without further study, public health officials and health service providers ought to ensure that LGB individuals who seek mental health treatment, whether it is in medical or religious settings, receive competent mental health services that is relevant to their needs,” said Dr. Meyer.

The study also finds:

• Of the LGB respondents, 17%reported a suicide attempt and 8% reported a serious suicide attempt over their lifetime.

• On average, the age of serious suicide attempts coincided with major coming out milestones (e.g., the age when an LGB person recognizes his or her sexual identity), with first suicide attempt occurring at mean age of 17 (range 7 – 39). People whose first suicide attempt was at an older age (after adolescence) also had later coming out milestones and, like people who had an earlier suicide attempt, their suicide attempts were timed around these coming out milestones.

• A significantly larger proportion of White LGBs (58%) sought treatment from medical and mental health professionals prior to a suicide attempt than Black (12%) and Latino (17%) LGBs, but significantly more Blacks (24%) than White (8%) and Latino (7%) LGBs sought treatment from religious or spiritual advisors prior to a suicide attempt.

The data analyzed in the current study were obtained as part of Project Stride, a large epidemiological study that investigated the relationships among stress, identity, and mental health in diverse LGB and heterosexual populations. The study was conducted in New York City in 204 – 05 with support of the National Institute of Mental Health (grant # R01MH066058 to Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D.).

Click here for the full study.

Log Cabin Republicans Statement on Sen. Susan Collins’ Support for Marriage Equality


Log Cabin Republicans Statement on Sen. Susan Collins’ Support for Marriage Equality

Washington, D.C. — Moments ago, longtime Log Cabin Republicans ally Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) declared she supported civil marriage for committed same-sex couples.

“On the eve of the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in favor of federal civil marriage recognition for committed same-sex couples and the day after Congressman Richard Hanna’s victory over a GOP primary opponent who challenged him because of his support for marriage equality, it seems the dam has finally broken: from local legislators to United States Senators, Republicans around the country are coming to the common-sense conservative conclusion that marriage equality strengthens society and is no threat to religious liberty,” Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo said. “As a longtime ally of Log Cabin Republicans who championed repeal of the flawed ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy and most recently the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Senator Collins’ declaration of support for civil marriage equality is the latest milestone in a career that has exhibited bold and unwavering support for the LGBT community.”

Log Cabin Republicans is the nation’s largest Republican organization representing gay and lesbian conservatives and allies. The more than 30-year old organization has state and local chapters nationwide, a full-time office in Washington, DC, a federal political action committee and state political action committees.

Son of American Atheists founder attacks his slain mother and praises Russia’s anti-LGBT laws


David Ferguson | Raw Story | June 25, 2014

William J. Murray — the conservative Christian activist son of American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair — penned a column at conspiracy website and “Birther” hub World Net Daily on Monday in which he simultaneously attacked his late mother as a lazy, anti-American communist sympathizer and praised Vladimir Putin’s Russia as a bastion of free enterprise economics and Christian values.

Right Wing Watch reported that Murray went so far as to claim that Christian Americans are fleeing the U.S. for a better life in Russia, away from the “scourge” of LGBT rights.

“My mother was not intellectually an atheist; she was a Marxist, and that Marxism did not come about from rigorous study, but rather from unemployment,” Murray wrote, claiming that he was raised in “a Marxist home where the vodka did flow and America, free enterprise and God were despised.”

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