Scruff, from the very beginning, has taken a very aggressive approach to moderating our community, which is why the instances of that kind of full-throated and egregious discrimination — so we’ve heard from our community — is much less common than it is on other platforms.
I think if you look closely at what Grindr announced back in September, you will note that there are no actual differences in the app from the day before to the day after.
As a private citizen or an employee, you certainly have your right to your private beliefs, but when a leader in the gay community says these things, they're disrespecting the decades-long work of marriage equality activists, and I think more ominously, they're giving credibility and oxygen to far-right politicians who continue to try and undermine these rights that we really just recently won.
I know that today, Grindr is entirely owned by a Chinese company.
Regardless of Chen’s intention — or, for that matter, his true beliefs on gay marriage or LGBTQ equality — a national spotlight was shed for perhaps the first time on the straight man who owns Grindr, a gay dating and hookup app. I believe the words that he specifically used were that he believed marriage was a holy matrimony between a man and a woman.
What that implies and what that leads one to infer is that he believes that gay marriage is different from — and somehow lesser than — a straight marriage.
This kind of dating discrimination or sexual discrimination that happens on Grindr is certainly not unique to them; it also happens on Scruff.