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Houston Couple Gets Engaged In South America Over The Weekend

It’s a “YES” for the Wilcox-Peranio engagement as the couple announced via social media over the weekend!

HOUSTONFEB 13 — FACE Awards, About Magazine’s Creative Director, Lance Wilcox and his partner, prominent Hue Salon Stylist, Justin Peranio have announced their ‘long-awaited’ engagement.

“Perfect end to a perfect trip with a perfect man! I’m proud and unbelievably blessed to be engaged to Lance Wilcox”  – Justin Peranio

The couple, who have been together since October 2014, made the announcement on Facebook over the weekend from Jaco, Costa Rica. The status update has garnered over 600 likes.

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“Perfect end to a perfect trip with a perfect man! I’m proud and unbelievably blessed to be engaged to Lance Wilcox!”

“Perfect end to a perfect trip with a perfect man! I’m proud and unbelievably blessed to be engaged to Lance Wilcox,” Peranio wrote in his post. The pair was on vacation in South America when Wilcox saw the opportunity to propose.

“We were on the balcony of our condo in Costa Rica,” Peranio says; explaining when the ‘question’ was popped. “He had a black ring box in his hand, and he knelt down and said ‘would you like to go on more adventures together,’ and of course I said yes!”

“Of course he said yes before I even got to ask him the question,” Wilcox says. “But thats what I love about him, nothing goes according to plan.”

With every LGBT engagement and wedding being unique, it’s up to each couple to interpret the traditions of marriage to suit their celebration. With Wilcox and Peranio, both have agreed to a ‘long’ engagement allowing time to plan their perfect day. “LGBT weddings are so new, it’s exciting that we can create a wedding that we want, and not have a book of etiquette to follow.” Wilcox said.

An official wedding date has not been set yet. Stay tuned.

Dating App Jack’d To Remain Free Contrary To Recent Reports

Leading Gay Social App Woo-ing Urban Millennials with No-Charge Hook-Ups

NEW YORK Oct. 26 — Contrary to a recent Bloomberg report that dating apps are switching over to pay models, Jack’d, a popular hook-up app for gay urban millennials, says it will remain free.

“Our research continues to show that our targeted demographic does not pay for music, games, movies, or dating,” stated Phil Henricks, VP of Strategy and Business Development at Online Buddies, the parent company of Jack’d.  “They’ve been raised to expect that digital products are free and they don’t see any reason to start paying for them now.”

Jack’d’s path to monetization is through selling advertising to corporations eager to reach the hard-to-find gay, urban millennial.  “They’re a multi million dollar demographic”, Henricks said.  “While they’re not willing to purchase digital products, they have tremendous buying power and have no problem shelling out $5 on a cup of coffee or $200 on a pair of sneakers.”

Jackd-to-remain-free-about-magazine Dating App Jack’d To Remain Free Contrary To Recent ReportsMore than 60% of Jack’d’s revenue comes from Fortune 500 companies, clothing retailers, and the tourism industry, all of whom have run banners on the app in recent weeks.  “We see it as a win for everyone.  We attract the gay, urban millennials that our members want and our advertisers have a quick, easy way to reach them.” 

Nearly five million men around the world have joined Jack’d since its launch in 2010 and it consistently ranks among the top four gay social apps in both the App Store and Google Play.   67% of Jack’d members in the United States are between 18-26.  Nearly 60% are Black and Latino.

“Members appreciate that our free version offers many of the premium features they would have to pay for on competing apps,” Alon Rivel, Jack’d’s Brand Manager told us.

As for banners, Henricks says Jack’d members are not bothered by them, citing only 3% of members have opted to pay for Jack’d to avoid the banners.  “They understand that someone has to pay for the app.  As long as it’s not them, they don’t give it a second thought.” 

Visit http://www.jackdapp.com.

Grindr Goes To The Chinese | Popular App Sells 60%

Grindr has sold 60% stake to China gaming company for $93 million

Beijing Kunlun Tech values app at $155 million

The popular gay app, Grindr has sold a 60% stake to Chinese online gaming company for $93 million.

The Shenzhen-listed company announced on January 11, 2016  it had bought 98,448,000 shares in New Grindr – giving the value of the six-year-old startup at $155 million.

The remaining shares will be held by founder Joel Simkhai and his employees.

The company emphasized that the deal still had to pass an antitrust review.

In the fiscal year 2014, New Grindr had revenue of $31.74 million – with profit of $13.74 million – 66% from its 10.5 million members in 196 countries.

Straight Guys Reveal They’re Having A lot Of Gay Sex

by Joe Morgan

Straight guys are having a surprising amount of gay sex, according to the latest national survey.

Researchers have interviewed more than 9,000 men and women aged between 18 and 44 between 2011 and 2013. Americans were asked to talk about their sexual experiences, who they are attracted to and how they label their sexual orientation.

And guys who identify as straight are having quite a bit of gay sex.

The CDC learned 1.9% of men said they were gay and 2% were bisexual – up from 1.2% from the last survey.

However, 6.2% of men said they had engaged in either oral or anal sex with another guy.

So this means, at least 2.3% of men engaging in gay sex who say they are straight.

‘You do expect some differences,’ said Casey E. Copen, the lead author of the study. ‘For some people … they may or may not have had the experiences they’re contemplating, [especially] if they’re younger.’