Tinder Protects Its Queer Users With New Safety Alert for LGBTQ Travellers

Because there are still 69 countries where LGBTQ relationships are illegal.

In a whole 2019, there are still many countries where it’s illegal to be gay. But if you’re a queer traveller, Tinder’s got your back. The new Tinder LGBTQ safety alert could be a game-changer.

Related: Angola Decriminalises Gay Sex

The Queer Safety Feature

It’s called the Traveler Alert and it’s pretty GD important. Bustle reports that Tinder will keep you informed of danger zones for LGBTQ users. Because (SMFH) there are still places where you can be arrested, targeted or worse, simply for your sexual orientation or identity.

When you enter one of these regions (do your Googling before you travel, guys), this alert will pop up on your screen as you open Tinder:

Tinder Traveler Alert

Tinder Traveler Alert

So, How Do You Proceed with Caution?

When you see this alert:

“Based on your geographical location, it appears you’re in a place where the LGTBQ community may be penalized. We want you to have fun, but your safety is our #1 priority.”

… what happens next?

You can choose to hide your profile on Tinder for as long as you’re in that country. If you choose to keep your profile public anyway, Tinder will still keep your sexual orientation or gender identity info private until you leave the danger zone.

The CEO of Tinder explains:

‘We fundamentally believe that everyone should be able to love who they want to love — and we strive to reflect this in everything we do at Tinder… We serve all communities — no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation — and we are proud to offer features that help keep them safe.’

There Are Still 69 Countries Where it’s a Crime to be Gay

The homophobia is real, guys. And scary af. There are 69 countries that still have anti-LGBTQ laws. Same-sex couples are at risk and the digital safety of the queer community is key.

The ILGA World (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) helped make this dope safety feature possible. André du Plessis of the organisation made this statement:

‘We hope this development will raise awareness amongst all Tinder users, and help protect people of diverse sexual orientation in the 69 countries around the world that currently still criminalize same-sex love…’

Some countries that recently decriminalised gay sex include Botswana, Angola and Taiwan. MORE, please!

Related: #LoveWins: Taiwan is the First Asian Country to Legalise Gay Marriage

It’s coming to your iPhones and Androids soon, so keep an eye out for it. Spread the word and stay safe out there.

Related: A Huge Win for the LGBTQIA+ Community and the Continent as Botswana Decriminalises Homosexuality

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