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Jack’d App Improves Location Security

Jack'd App Improves Location Security

(NEW YORK) — In response to rising LGBT hate crimes since the 2016 US Election, the gay dating app Jack’d has heightened security with new features including one that blurs the GPS of its members.

“The blurring feature was originally created as a tool to protect gay men in countries such as Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt that have a history of violence against the gay community,” explains Alon Rivel, Director of Global Marketing at Jack’d.

Jackd-App-Improves-Location-Security-About-Magazine-1024x853 Jack'd  App Improves Location Security“Since the 2016 election, however, there has been a surge in bullying and hate crimes against the LGBTQ community in the US.  As a result, a growing number of gay men here want to increase their privacy and keep their locations private, too.”

Before the launch of the blurring feature, Jack’d had disabled location sharing in countries where homosexuality was illegal.  The blurring now allows these men to safely use GPS technology to find nearby men.  It adds a rounding error to the member’s coordinates so that other men are given a general idea of their whereabouts without pinpointing their exact location.  Even Jack’d’ servers do not know the exact location of members.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the U.S. can be unsafe for gay men as hate crimes against LGBTQ people in greater Los Angeles area has increased 24.5% since the election.  In a story from Bloomberg news, published in February, the NYPD cites the election as a major factor in increased anti-LGBTQ incidents in New York City.

Similarly, the Washington Blade published a story in March on its city’s annual bias-related crime report.  It revealed the number of anti-LGBTQ hate crimes in Washington DC had increased 59 percent in 2016.   And in Boston, the number of reported hate crimes and bigoted actions against the LGBTQ community last year surpassed those aimed at Muslims, Jews, Latinos, and Asians combined.  According to the Boston Globe, Boston Police Department figures indicate that the LGBTQ community is the top target for hate acts in its city and it is a trend that appears to be persisting.

“The world will live in is still not LGBTQ tolerant and with 70% of our users being young millennials, we have to be proactive in protecting their privacy,” says Rivel.
For more information, visit http://www.jackdapp.com.

Gay Texas Teen Gets Emotional Surprise From Davey Wavey

Gay Texas Teen Gets Emotional Surprise From Davey Wavey

Watch LGBT YouTube Star Davey Wavey’s Emotional Surprise For An LGBT Teen From El Paso, Texas.

(HOUSTON) The hottest thing on YouTube these days, Superstar Davey Wavey, made a special trip to Texas recently to meet a very special fan and surprise him with the most amazing gift.

Team Wavey and Drag Race gal-pal Alaska ThunderFuck teamed with Pure for Men to surprise ‘Angel’, a 6’4”, makeup-wearing, a nineteen-year-old gay boy from El Paso, Texas.

Angel, a superfan of both Wavey, and Thunderfuck; traveled to Houston to be surprised on stage in front of thousands at Houston’s Pride Festival.

“As you can imagine, his life hasn’t been easy. So we decided to surprise him with his own float in the Houston Pride Parade,” Wavey said via his Facebook page.

Working with Houston Pride and in conjunction with Pure for Men, Wavey and Thunderfuck were able to pull off the biggest surprises ‘Angel’ had ever been dealt, an opportunity to be himself in front of nearly 750,000 people as he rode in the parade aboard his own float.

“I often get emails from queer people in smaller cities and towns who don’t have a lot of community,” Wavey told HuffPost in an email. “They can feel alone, isolated and like they don’t fit in ― that’s especially true if you’re 6′4″, from Texas and walk around with a full face of makeup.”

Houston LGBT Teen Murder Victim’s Photos Appear On Grindr

LGBT Teen Murder Victim’s Photos Appear On Grindr
(Screen Shots From The Fake Grindr Account) About News

A Murdered Houston Gay Teenager’s Photos Appear On ‘Fake’ Grindr Profile In Spring, Texas.

(HOUSTON) — A murdered LGBT teenager from Houston that made national news including The Huffington Post, and USA Today, has fallen victim once again, this time of ‘Catfishing.’  The victim was 18-year-old Stephen Sylvester. Allegedly murdered by a man he was dating on July 17, 2015.

Over the weekend, several two-year-old published news outlet photos surfaced of murder victim Stephen Sylvester and his one-time Houston boyfriend Taylor Shirley. The photos were attached to a profile on the popular gay dating, hookup app, Grindr.

Screen-Shot-2017-07-11-at-10.55.03-AM-copy-748x1024 Houston LGBT Teen Murder Victim’s Photos Appear On GrindrThe fake Spring, Texas-based profile seeks ‘threesomes.’ Spring, TX is about 25 minutes north of downtown Houston. The unknown culprit(s) behind the profile use photos released to members of the media after the victims’ murder. The profile used ‘Stephen and Taylor’s’ photos, and would message people [on Grindr] looking to ‘hook-up.’

“It’s one thing to use my pictures to catfish people on Grindr and it’s a totally different thing to use Stephen,” Shirley posted on Facebook after being contacted by people he knew that had been messaged.

“It takes a really f*****d up person to use him when you have to read about his death in order to find that picture.”

Grindr terms and conditions prohibit it’s user from impersonation and claims any violation of the guidelines could result in a permanent ban. About News reached out to Grindr and are waiting for a response.

Music Bear Tony Banks Turns Up the Static

Music Bear Tony Banks Turns Up the Static

 

Music Bear Tony Banks Turns Up the Static

(HOUSTON) – “In relationships you must have the wisdom to know when enough is enough,” says Music Bear Tony Banks, who describes himself as a gay, black man with the fun of Missy Elliot, the swag of LL Cool J and the dance moves of Heavy D.  “You gotta have the courage to make change and stand up on your own two feet and press forward. Life is too short to allow someone else’s self-destruction to bring you down.”

He sings about breaking free from static relationship cling in his new funky hip-hop track, “Static.”   It’s the first single from his upcoming album, Yes, Homo.

Along with the track, Music Bear is releasing a music video that stars Catalin Constantine as his boyfriend and features animation by wikistylista.

“Who has time to watch someone they love not love themselves?”  he continues.   He knows a thing or two about the difficulties of breaking-up.  Music Bear and his ex are in the midst of a divorce,  although their separation is not due to the level of destruction Music Bear raps about in “Static.” “Our relationship may have grown stale and staticky, to the point where we had to go our own ways, but we remain friends and that’s important,” he says.  “We still support and want the best for one another.”

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Not all of the songs Music Bear writes are about his life.  “I’m often inspired by people around me, and now and then, I’ll use their lives as subjects for songs.   For me, the power of music is about writing something I know someone out there needs to hear or feel me say.”

Still, he tries to stay true to who he is as a man and an artist. You’ll rarely if ever, hear Music Bear Tony Banks rhyming about “Popping Bottles” (he barely drinks) or “Fighting Bitches” (not his style).  In his upcoming album, “Yes Homo,” he tackles issues like love, lust, partying, the state of hip-hop and police brutality.  It’s meant to be a full depiction of what it means to be a black, gay, male, hip-hop artist in 2017.

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Music Bear Tony Banks was born in Brooklyn in the early 80’s.  He grew up during the golden era of hip-hop and believes that at its core, hip-hop is love.  It’s soulful, empowering, fun, beautiful and caring.

The music industry, however, is another monster all together. “The industry turns hip-hop into a misogynistic, homophobic creature that sells its soul for the promise of money, cars, and hoes,” he says.  “It then turns the people in it into that same image. Remember, hate is a learned behavior. No one is born homophobic but when hip-hop spreads that message to millions of people, for decades, it catches on and it’s hard to break away from.”

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The LGBT community is not much better, he contends.  “As a black, gay man of size, I sometimes feel ostracized from my gay brothers and sisters.  I  used to think that if I were a different type of gay, a more stereotypical skinny boy, and fancy dresser, I would have it easier in the community.”

But Music Bear has come to learn that being different isn’t always a bad thing.

“What I hope people who listen to my music and watch my videos take from me as an artist is: Don’t be afraid.  Embrace something different every once in a while. Break from monotony.  Cut the static.  You might just enjoy it!  In fact, I know you will.”

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Music Bear Tony Banks’  new single, “Static,” is available here. Follow Music Bear on Facebook,  Instagram, and Twitter.