A Gay Dating App is Helping to House Queer People Fleeing Ukraine.

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03/08/2022

Leave it to a gay dating app to help people forge unexpected connections. Romeo, a European equivalent to Grindr, has become something of a mutual aid hub for Ukrainians fleeing the country as the Russian invasion continues, as Queerty reported. Unlike Grindr and other similar apps, Romeo also allows users to join forum groups, and at the start of this week, the app launched an official group called “Shelter for Ukraine.” The group launched at the end of February, per Romeo’s Twitter announcement. Since then, nearly 10,000 users have joined, with people from all over Europe offering queer-friendly shelter for “our Rainbow family and their loved ones,” per the group’s description. Although some users pointed out that Ukraine is conscripting men between the ages of 18 to 60, and so the group might not be as helpful as one would think, a Romeo spokesperson told Queerty that the group was not intended strictly for the app’s userbase, which is largely gay men. It’s also intended for their loved ones, including women and children. “When we heard the news of the invasion of Ukraine, like many, we wanted to do something to help,” a Romeo spokesperson told Queerty, noting that the app is run by an “international team,” many of whom have “experienced war and oppression.”

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