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Turkey: Court bans access to gay dating app Grindr as a ‘protection measure’

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  1. Outageous! I know many people see grindr as ‘dirty’ but without apps like that I’d pretty much never go on dates or have sex at all

  2. That There Other David 12 Sep 2013, 12:00pm

    I’m sure the locals will quickly find alternatives. Government attempting to block the Internet always end up chasing their own tails.

    As opposed to Grindr users, who chase other peoples’ ;-)

  3. Jock S. Trap 12 Sep 2013, 12:23pm

    All this will do is push people having private sex into public sex.

    As case of blind economics.

    No doubt we will see a rise in complaints about Gay people having sex in public places. Only gay people mind, straight people having sex will probably be fine in public.

    So wrong on too many counts.

  4. That’s why that country must never be allowed entry to the EC!.

  5. Turkey. Another place off the tourist map for me – and everyone to whom I can spread this news. What the HELL are governments doing interferring in the private lives of consenting adults? Oh yes! Religion ….

  6. And that, ladies and gents, is why Turkey won’t be getting into the E.U. any time soon :) and thank goodness for that!

    1. turkey’s eu membership is a political problem, mainly to do with it being a muslim country, so not being able to access shag app won’t affect turkey chances of joining eu

  7. John in Toronto Canada 12 Sep 2013, 5:24pm

    As sad as this is, and as wrong as this is… you couldn’t PAY me to use Grindr in a homophobic society. (and I realize there are countries far worse than Turkey.) ‘Talk about painting a bullseye on your back.

  8. Turkish Guy 12 Sep 2013, 6:52pm

    Grindr is not the first to be banned as a gay site in Turkey. Many of them are not accessible. Current government thinks they can decide what is wrong and what is right for an individual in the society. Censorship on TV, media, internet, social life is spreading like a virus for almost 10 years. The people who protest this limitations and oppressions (Gezi Parkı demonstations) are persecuted by the police. LGBT people are just ignored and the government and the society pretend we don’t exist. For example, we hold an enormous gay pride parade every june but almost none of the TV channels or newspapers mentions about it. We have many gay bars, clubs, cafes, organizations but they are regarded as unreal. Homosexuality is neither legal nor illegal in constitution, it is just not mentioned. I mean they are good with us as long as we don’t come out and seen publically. Apparently, according to them, we must be just tax paying law abiding asexual confirmed bachelors in the society.

  9. Grindr’s not the only one blocked, GayRomeo and Adam4Adam are also blocked, and that’s just the ones I know of. This is only the tip of the iceberg of what’s happening here in Turkey, but the government keeps sprouting bullshit about how it is respecting every one etc… They are hundred miles from deserving a place in the EU

  10. I was going to visit Istanbul next month but I will Now cancel the trip.
    AT least they didn’t get the Olympics,homophobic govts must be taught a lesson.

    1. Turkish Guy 14 Sep 2013, 2:37am

      Come to visit gay hammams, bars and other cultural and historical stuff but do not involve yourself in any kind of anti-govt protest. You’ll be fine :)

      1. i agree. im yet to see any evidence that by not going to a certain country made any difference to the lives of gay people.

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