After we wrote a comically inaccurate piece about Grindr, the GPS-based dating app taking the gay world by storm, Joel Simkhai, its founder, reached out to us — particularly HyperVentilate chief and eminent crush object Greg Seals (who, by the way, came out while working at Chick-fil-A).
They talk Grindr’s backlash, Fire Island, finding love, and how mobile technology can revolutionize the gay scene. Yes, there’s a game of Marry, Fuck, Kill. Here’s the two-part interview — with annotated highlights for your viewing pleasure!
0:42 – Hear what Olympic events Joel’s watching and what athletes he’d like to see pop up on Grindr.
2:07 – Find out what actor Joel would like to play his part in a movie about the founding of Grindr.
5:55 – “We met on Grindr” — Joel discusses his thoughts on finding love and his unexpected role as a matchmaker.
0:08 – Hear how Grindr kept a soldier connected to the gay community during his tour of duty when DADT was still in effect
2:17 – Fire Island backlash: Simkhai responds to criticism of the popular gay GPS app.
3:56 – Grindr for Equality: We learn more about the good Grindr has helped spread and the change they’re making.
6:23 – Join us as Joel plays a game of Marry, Fuck, Kill.
8:23 – Hear the new features that are about to launch and some subsets of gay culture you didn’t know exist.