Gay Immigrants and Grindr: Revitalizing Queer Urban Spaces?

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In this (open-access) essay, I assess the idea that Grindr and related apps render urban gay spaces obsolete, and offer three counter-arguments based on my research with immigrants and tourists who use Grindr. In short: newcomers who use Grindr might actually bring new life to queer urban spaces, because...
1. Newcomers don’t use Grindr in the same way they use (physical) queer spaces;
2. Newcomers use Grindr *in* queer spaces; and
3. Newcomers often have better luck finding sex offline.

The essay is part of the "Spotlight on Disruptive Urban Technologies" by the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2018
Edition"Spotlight On Disruptive Urban Technologies"
Publication statusPublished - 2018
SeriesInternational Journal of Urban and Regional Research

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Important note from the publisher: “This is an open access essay under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.”

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