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The government of Turkey has banned Grindr.
Grindr for Equality is working with All Out and Turkish LGBT association, KAOS GL
to overturn the censorship of Turkey’s gay community. As part of this effort, Grindr for Equality is calling upon Grindr users and concerned citizens to sign an All Out petition that seeks to remove the access restrictions imposed by Turkey on Grindr.
“This is simply a dismissal of the LGBT society through official policies of denial and discriminative practices. The Grindr ban is just another example showing that the Turkish Prime Minister’s recurrent words “we do not intervene with anyone’s lifestyle” are not true. As KAOS GL, we demand that both online and offline pressure on LGBT people come to an end and LGBT people be recognized as equal citizens,” said Ömer Akpinar, KAOS GL’s Media Coordinator.
As you might imagine being out and proud in the Middle East is not as easy as it is in a country like Great Britain, the United States, or France. Being from the Middle East myself and having recently traveled to Turkey, I can attest to that very fact. In some instances men of the Middle East don’t always have the luxury of an active gay nightlife. They can’t meet someone in public for fear of punishment; in some cases being gay is a death sentence. Turkey has the highest amount of Grindr users in the Middle East and Grindr allows for men in the Middle East to not just meet other men for dates, but to create a support system, a safe space, and community united through technology.
“Turkey's crackdown on free speech is very troubling,” said Joe Mirabella, Director of Communications for All Out. “All Out members won't stand for Turkey's censorship of the gay community. If we don't speak out now, this won't stop with Grindr because it's just one part of the Turkish government's crackdown against freedom of speech across the entire country.”
What I ask of you today is to please attach you name to this petition that we plan to send to Turkey’s government to let them know that Grindr is not harmful to the Turkish way of life.
Grindr has always believed in strength in numbers and now we ask that you help the gay community of Turkey one of their greatest resources in strengthening their gay community.
It's another Monday, and week after week for generations people have dreaded this day. It is perhaps the only reason for the existence of the otherwise pointless 3-day holiday weekends such as Presidents Day or the much less popular Canada Day which somehow made it on our American calendars. It’s a faux pas to speak of before the weekend is over and it’s the reason we’ve all learned to pack as much vacation time into two days as possible. So here's some advice on how to avoid a Manic Monday and kick off your week the best way possible. It all starts with a little acronym that I like to call D.I.C.K. and I think that you should take it.
It’s possible that we could all take back control of our Mondays by pumping some D.I.C.K. into them. Monday should be a symbol of our strength and a testament to all that we're made of, not some bloodshot teary eyed plea to God that your boss won't come in before you've convincingly faked the flu to your coworkers. After all, take a moment to reflect on what your boss’s D.I.C.K. might stand for. The acronym could be completely versatile and swing different ways. But he certainly didn’t get where he is by not having a good one. We should all be investing some serious pride and preparation into this day. Having the best D.I.C.K. possible on Monday is going to set your career path and it's going to change your social calendar. So pull your D.I.C.K. out and give it all you’ve got because nothing else is ready to screw you quite like a Monday!
Preparing your D.I.C.K. for Monday means staying away from temptations on Sunday. Nobody wants the party to end but there’s also no prize to be the last guy standing. Spend your Sundays being healthy and active to build up your confidence before kicking off your game on Monday. Check out your local farmers markets for a bundle saving deal on fresh detoxifying produce. Or, sign up for a dodge-ball league to get active, sweat it all out, and learn some new moves on how to score. These activities not only keep a young Jedi away from the dark side but also allow you to plan out a healthier lifestyle for the week ahead. So reel it in because your Monday is counting on it. After all, you can’t spend consecutive days totally intoxicated and still expect to survive the never ending barrage of hungry interns circling you like sharks.
Having a good D.I.C.K. means releasing lots of stress. Many studies have linked stress levels to emotional intelligence. It’s obvious that the two correlate and when the stress levels go up, intelligence goes down. But we don’t need NASA scientists to explain it. We can see the direct results in everything that we do and the numbers don’t lie. A recent study published by the U.S. Surgeon General, CDC depicts that 120,000,000 Americans suffer from chronic stress, and because of this stress 40 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders and 19 million Americans suffer from a depressive illnesses. Plus another 80 million Americans are under so much stress that they are actually damaging their hearts. These levels of stress bring about an ever diminishing level of aptitude which translates to a worse performance in all other departments. So this weekend raise up the bar on your EI level (emotional intelligence level) by resting up, eating well, and getting in some light activity before you hit it hard on Monday morning.
People with highly charismatic D.I.C.K’s tend to be noticed, listened to, respected, and followed. You may not have red carpets where you work, but I can guarantee that the most charismatic people in every industry tend to make the most money and get the most attention. So how do you get it? It takes high levels of energy and self-esteem to be charismatic. The same levels that you might find in most athletes or fitness models. After all, when was the last time you met a guy with an 8-pack that didn’t have plenty of confidence? It’s true that better levels of fitness equate to higher levels of charisma which in turn produces success at… literally everything. So to prepare for your upcoming debut this Monday, hit the gym this weekend and hit it hard. It’s a great place to practice a better form of self-awareness and control. Most gyms are lined with mirrors so reflect on what your reflection is saying to you before busting up the Monday office scene with all the wrong vibes. Get it down right by Sunday so that you won’t have to think about it again by Monday. Practice makes perfect!
D.I.C.K is about attitude, and attitude is everything. Those one liner motivational posters hanging around the office probably don’t do much for anyone but they are actually telling you something very key to success. If our intentions create our reality then starting off your new week with a solid plan in place can redefine your job at work and change everything about the way other people perceive you. You can become limitless, look your best, feel your best, and show off all at once. “But how, it’s a Monday?” You ask… because instead of blocking out Monday all weekend you embrace it, you plan for it, and you deserve to own it. Now that you’ve kicked Mondays ass and all the other days are afraid of you, and this is going to be one awesome week. After all, kicking ass is what D.I.C.K. Mondays are all about.
Be the first of your friends to have the Grindr Message ringtone. People around you will think you're REALLY popular on Grindr. And your friends will have a good laugh. Download it today.
Download for iOS (Apple)
Click the download link on the Soundcloud player below to download the tone on your desktop. On Macs, they will automatically go into the "tones" section in iTunes when you click the file from your "downloads" folder. If you are on a PC you may have to drag the file into 'tones" within iTunes. After you do this, the tone should be in your "tones" list on iTunes". Once the ringtone is in iTunes simply plug in your Apple device and sync the tones from iTunes to your Apple device. After it is synced - on your iPhone go to settings > sounds > ringtones. It will be listed at the top under ringtones. Check the Grindr tone, turn your sound on and wait till your first call to hear all your Grindr messages come in!
Grindr Message Tone:
Grindr Tone Music:
Download for Android:
Click the download link in the player below to get the mp3 file on your Android device, then designate it to be a ringtone. It's already cut and formatted. Instructions may vary per device. Some Android devices may need to download tone directly to memory card.
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Last week we took held a photo shoot at our Hollywood office for 3 (smoking hot!) Grindr guys. We got some awesome shots of these guys for their Grindr profiles. Kris, Ali, and JD (Real World Brooklyn) were so much fun during the shoot. So much energy and silliness.
We took some behind the scenes footage of the shoot for you guys. Check it out, and enjoy!
Song: Meital "Yummy Boyz" Grindr Mix
Download the song for free http://www.meitaldohan.com/grindr/
Online dating is tricky. Meeting someone for the first time can be so nerve racking and there are all of these preconceived ideas about who you both are and what you look like. So we always try to put our best foot forward and for most of you that just means a picture of your headless torso. It's a tried and true method that seems to work over and over again for lots of guys, just like a scientific formula. So if you're sick of sucking it in for your selfies then keep reading because below are some of the best tips on the 'Science behind a Six-pack.'
Lesson #1: Mixology
What you put into your body goes into your body. Sound simple? It is, but making good choices is always the first step albeit not necessarily the clearest. The single most important thing most of us in the gay community should be working on is the way we drink alcohol. It's not a food group but it probably should be. Alcohol dramatically affects your metabolism and it doesn't matter what the poison, it's all the same. It's only empty calories and has no nutritional value. Your body can't store alcohol so it must metabolize it right away and this becomes a priority over all other metabolic processes. In other words, you literally stop digesting food and store it as fat while your body figures out how to run on jet fuel. That healthy salmon you ordered from the Weight Watchers option on the menu might as well have been a stick of butter.
Lesson #2: Math
Become aware of what you take in and what you put out. You need to reach a caloric equilibrium or deficit every day in order to trim up. In fact, most of your six-pack is earned in the kitchen and not in the gym so start getting creative on how you can change your diet. I'd recommend stashing high protein low calorie snacks around the office or at home because the amino rich profiles of these foods will keep you feeling fuller, longer. Don't forget to eat your veggies, seriously; eat tons of them if you're a nervous eater because nobody ever got fat from baby carrots. Also, keep your workout routine regular so that you know what you're burning off every day/ week.
Lesson #3: Recess
Remember in elementary school how the best part of the day was when we got to go run and jump around with our friends? Well it still can be! Go check out some group fitness classes taught by your local trainers and see what the action's all about. Gyms are trending right now and there's a social spot on the scene for everybody out there. In order to really rip up your gut you need to be hitting those abdominals with a huge variety of exercises. Abs are probably the most complicated body section to workout as they bend, twist and flex in literally every direction. So go jump around!
Now that you know how to get that pristine headless torso you've always dreamed about, maybe one day your headless torso will meet another headless torso and they will fall in love and live happily ever after. Until then, even though you swear that photo from last year’s camping trip is recent, it's probably better to leave each other pleasantly surprised instead of awkwardly disappointed. So rather than airbrushing your abs onto old photos in preparation for the next big circuit party, why not put that time into a smarter workout and show your hot fling what your "real 8" and your "real 8-pack" have in common.
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A little bit about our Author, Mike Ueberroth
Born and raised in south Detroit, Mike moved to L.A. in 2009 at the age of 23, to pursue a career in fitness. His career started at Equinox of West Hollywood and has since then taken him all over California. Now training clients out of six different gyms in L.A. and in-home/outdoors, Mike works with clients from all walks of life. He carries certifications from many organizations including The American Council on Exercise, The National Academy of Sports Medicine, and The Equinox Fitness Training Institute. He specializes in creating individualized programs for clients with unique goals and believes that attitude is everything in mind, body and spirit.