The companies are activating their networks for political action, too.
From Grindr to Scruff, Hornet to Jack’d, the digital platforms are best known for dredging up flakey users, svelte-only fat-shamers, masc-4-masc femme-phobes, and it’s-a-personal-preference racists.
He might even recognize him from his profile photos walking down the street, or in the audience of, say, a recent panel about digital content by and for the queer community.
Far from keeping queer men on the fringes, these apps are fueling a novel knowingness among users—on the app, yes, but also offline, when users go out to create and engage with open communities.
These apps are playing host to conversations—silent and verbal, private and public—about what, exactly, the queer experience can entail.
They’re helping, in other words, make the connections so many queers have been yearning for all along.