Grindr has announced that Grindr for Equality will be granting a total of $100,000 to select organizations located in the Middle East-North Africa Region.
"From the beginning, the MENA region has been at the heart of our work at Grindr for Equality," said Jack Harrison-Quintana, Executive Director of Grindr for Equality and VP of Social Impact at Grindr. "We have been honored to stand alongside activists and organizations in support of the LGBTQ+ community in the region, and we look forward to continuing this life-saving and life-affirming work."
Grindr for Equality has for years partnered with a number of organizations in the MENA region in countries such as Iraq/Kurdistan, Turkey, and Tunisia, and other countries in the region to advocate for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. The company has collaborated and offered support to the Lebanon-based and regionally-focused Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality, IraQueer, OutCasts, and the Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity Association. Grindr for Equality also partnered with the MENA Organization for Services, Advocacy, Integration & Capacity (MOSAIC) to release a survey report "The Regional Livelihood of GBTQ Using Grindr," which shed light on the discrimination members of the community are experiencing in the region.
"We are proud to have this opportunity to even further strengthen our relationship to the LGBTQ+ community in the MENA region," said Azza Sultan, Associate Director of Grindr for Equality. "By supporting organizations from the region, Grindr for Equality is able to help turn their missions into realities to create awareness, safety, and acceptance."