Sometimes LGBT communities and the tech world are at odds, sometimes they meld perfectly, other times their intersections are interesting. Here are three notable intersections between LGBT communities and technology that have recently crossed our radar:
1. Chinese firm buys Grindr
OK they didn’t buy all of Grindr, but the Chinese tech firm, Beijing Kunlun Tech purchased a controlling stake in the gay dating app Grindr. Grindr will maintain most of its current structure, and according to a blog post by founder and CEO Joel Simkhai “For nearly seven years, Grindr has self-funded its growth, and in doing so, we have built the largest network for gay men in the world. We have taken this investment in our company to accelerate our growth, to allow us to expand our services for you, and to continue to ensure that we make Grindr the number one app and brand for our millions of users.” It is unclear what this deal means for the availability of the app in China.
2. Twitter hires new vice president of diversity and inclusion
Twitter recently hired Jeffrey Siminoff to help head up their diversity and inclusion initiates. Siminoff previously worked at another tech giant, Apple, in a similar capacity. Siminoff is a co-founder of the Leadership Committee at Out Leadership, a lesbian, gay and transgender advocacy organization. What does this mean for getting more LGBT folks working at Twitter? Only time will tell.
3. Gay man launches wearable tech for dogs
Wearable technology has been the rage for people for quite a while but now your beloved pooch can have wearable technology too. Having secured funding from a wildly successful Indiegogo campaign, out gay CEO Patrick Perrine has fully launched his connected dog-wear through his company DogTelligent where you can soon purchase all the connected products you ever wanted for your dog. According to the DogTelligent website, “The Connected Collar is the first smart collar to communicate and activate a variety of products to help automate and engage your dog, even when you can’t be there.” No word yet as to whether these new collars will come with rhinestone and glitter options.