Gay Dating Apps Are Protecting Users Amid Egypts LGBTQ Crackdown
About Thomson Reuters Foundation. While homosexuality is not outlawed in Egypt, discrimination is rife. They emphasize the precarious nature of online dating, encourage users to exchange real names, and only meet people who have been vetted by friends or friends of friends. Okcupid is a very popular free online dating website and mobile app!
Comments closed. While there is no shortage of dating sites, it can be challenging for LGBTQ singles to find sites that are worth the time, worth the investment and filled with other real LGBTQ singles instead of bots and fake profiles.
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Tinder , a dating app that does not target just LGBT people but which Egyptians said was commonly used by them, did not respond to multiple requests for information about protections for its users in Egypt. Two popular dating apps have launched initiatives to keep their Egyptian users safe after the recent arrests of gay and bisexual men by authorities in Cairo.
The arrests have led several of the apps to re-examine the protections they offer their users in Egypt. A recent update to Grindr in Middle Eastern, Gulf and North African areas enables users to change the Grindr thumbnail on their phone into something less conspicuous, and set a passcode to open the app and protect the content inside.