Grindr wants to ensure the safety of its users, and to that end is working with UrSafe to provide a “hands-free, voice-activated personal safety app that is fully integrated with 911 to empower everyone to stay safe anytime, anywhere.” It also includes location sharing with family and friends via voice command.
UrSafe can be triggered “in milliseconds” with different safewords that correspond to either an uncomfortable situation or an emergency.
Jeff Bonforte, the new CEO of Grindr, explains the relationship is part of the brand’s “global effort to improve safer dating experiences.”
“Queer people around the world face discrimination and even violence from others simply because of their sexual orientation and gender identity,” Bonforte stated. “Grindr is always looking for innovative ways to help our community further their safety on and offline. Partnering with UrSafe certainly fits that goal.”
Anthony Oyogoa, MD, CEO and cofounder of UrSafe, said his company believes that “living safely and freely is not a privilege but a right, because until that is established in marginalized communities across the board, we are not all truly considered equal.”
“Whether Grindr users are located in Robertsdale, Ala., across the globe in Pakistan or anywhere in between, we are deeply committed to empowering them with next-generation personal safety tools so that they can feel a bit more comfortable dating and creating meaningful connections with others,” he said.
(via The Advocate)