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J Homosex. 2019;66(12):1736-1755. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2018.1514205. Epub 2018 Sep 17.

Grindr Killed the Gay Bar, and Other Attempts to Blame Social Technologies for Urban Development: A Democratic Approach to Popular Technologies and Queer Sociality.

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Department of Communication Studies, Baruch College, City University of New York , New York , New York , USA.


This article complicates the popular contention that "Grindr is killing the gay bar" by using qualitative interviews with Grindr users and a diverse literature on urban development. To better understand the factors that have gone into the changing face of the gayborhood and the closing of gay bars, this article encourages stakeholders to focus on a democratic approach to these technologies and considers Grindr and similar apps along with many other factors that affect urban development.


LGBTQ studies; Social media; platform studies; sexuality; urban studies

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