Did you ever think – “dating apps is nice and all but it’d be awesome of there was a space where I could share my views on politics, creative talents and create my own gaming fam”- while scrolling through Grindr? Well it definitely looks like the universe has heard your secret wishes. Because in the past couple of months, Grindr rolled out a new “Circle” feature. This “circle” invites users of the LGBTQIA+ dating app to discuss their beloved RuPaul contestants or favourite video games. Promote pride and activism. Also, share their queer photography and art. Sounds like a great idea doesn’t it?
Sadly, people did not only join circles to share their views and opinions on Grindr, therefore creating a virtual family. They shared “art” in the form of dick pics and nudes. Sigh, I know.
When Was It Rolled Out?
We could not come across any official announcements or statements about this new feature on Grindr’s website. And the LGBTQIA+ dating app did not give a response to request for comment, reported the The Art Newspaper.
However, confused subscribers or users have taken to Reddit to clear the air and discuss this new development. Apparently, once you click on one of the sections of this Circle, it leads you to a chat room which has other randomly allocated people; to discuss whatever the chosen topic is.
“I clicked one of the prompts thinking it was a local-based open chatroom or something, but then suddenly I was the admin of a private room that randomly invited people in. I panicked and closed it out, but not before a bunch of people WTF’d me and got me all embarrassed! So what exactly is the feature and how does it work?, ” wrote a user on Reddit.
The Art Section:
The art section on is meant for users to “share, celebrate, critique and give friendly advice” on one another’s talents such as art. However, many people have reported that people mostly use it for only sending you know….nudes. “Supposedly it’s group chats about specific topics, but this being Grindr they’re all just streams of unsolicited dick pics,” says one Reddit member.
But when it comes to the other new cultural sections, some people say they aren’t all so bad honestly. An anonymous Grindr user told The Art Newspaper: “I usually go on Grindr for a less creative sort of stimulation, but the new feature makes a welcome change.” Another comment on Reddit added: “I join the Gamer chat a lot and people genuinely want to have conversation there.”
A Unique Idea:
This unique combination of Grindr and art might seem pretty odd and out of place. But one user said that he kind of sees a lot of similarities among these two worlds. “To the lesser informed, parallels between Grindr and the art world might seem scant; but any size queen or rugged bear knows that the experience of using the app is not unlike attending a gallery opening—you’re usually drunk, being sized up in every direction, you speak to lecherous guys and come away feeling hollow and debased,” he joked.
“I love the idea of art-sharing among my fellow gays. I’ve had some genuinely lovely conversations with people about it,” another anonymous user added. “We’ve shared ideas, appreciated each other’s work, given notes where necessary. It adds a certain frisson when these lovely, engaging conversations are interspersed with photographs of cocks and arseholes. After all, who can truly say what is or isn’t art?” Well, when you look at things that way, it probably does make sense.
But Is It A Great Idea Though?
Grindr Circles attempted to heighten the culture among LGBTQIA+. But in reality, it just brought more nudes, all in the same chat this time.
Although it is a unique idea for a dating app, this new feature has totally left the gay folk in a state of disappointment, confusion and only sometimes appreciation. So, it’s safe to say this idea is not working out well for them.
This pure soul named Tommy expressed his disappointment on Twitter.
Tommy wrote: “Tried out one of those Grindr ‘circle’ group chat things called ‘share your art’ so I sent a few pictures of my knitting. “Moments later, everyone else started posting nudes. I just wanted people to share their art with me.”
“They’re an absolute shitshow, that’s what the feature is. Supposedly it’s group chats about specific topics, but this being Grindr they’re all just streams of unsolicited dick pics” wrote another user on Reddit.