Atlanta police are warning members of the local LGBTQ community to be cautious due to a string of robberies in which victims were held at gunpoint and carjacked by people they met using the gay dating app Grindr.
On Wednesday, Atlanta police said they’d identified at least eight people who were robbed since February, calling it “a very concerning pattern.” Investigators released photos of two suspects, but said that there could be other perpetrators involved, noting that some incidents may have gone unreported.
According to police, the suspects in the case typically introduce themselves on Grindr and begin a conversation with their victims, eventually getting their phone numbers and arranging to meet in person.
“From February to May, we have had eight instances where male victims were lured to remote locations by use of the Grindr app,” Sgt. Rodney Jones, of the Atlanta Police Department’s robbery unit, said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “After the date concludes, the suspect will rob the victim, often taking their wallets, keys or even vehicles.”
Most of the incidents have taken place in northwest Atlanta, with some occurring in Southeast Atlanta, police say. They believe one person is responsible for most of the robberies in the northwestern portion of the city, with a separate individual or individuals responsible for the robberies in other areas.
Officer Eric King, the APD’s LGBT liaison, warned members of the LGBTQ community to take steps to protect themselves before meeting with someone they meet on the apps. For instance, if someone refuses to FaceTime before a first date or insists on meeting in an isolated area, that could be a sign of a setup for a robbery.
“Find a partner or a friend that you trust that you can notify when you’re going to meet somebody,” King said. “Meet at a grocery store. Meet at a public place before you reconvene somewhere more intimate.” Above all, he said: “Listen to your inner voice.”
Anyone with information about the suspects, including other victims who have not yet come forward, are encouraged to contact Atlanta police. People can provide anonymous tips, and may even be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000 if they provide police with information leading to a conviction. Tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers Atlanta at (404) 577-8477, texting information to 274637, or through the Crime Stoppers website.
It was all whispers and rumors until 1993.
That's when Melissa Etheridge finally answered the question that had been posed by so many fans and journalists since her 1988 debut.
After coming out with a performance at the LGBTQ-focused Triangle Ball celebrating Bill Clinton's inauguration, the pioneering lesbian rock star would go on to release the album Yes I Am as well as the potent, heartfelt rock ballad that has become one of her signatures, "Come To My Window," and then embarked on her first of several stadium tours as an out-and-proud headlining act.
Etheridge had been out to herself as well as to close family members and friends for years before 1993.
By Justin Walton on May 16, 2022
Police in Bilbao, Spain -- a port city on the country’s northern coast -- have recently arrested a man in connection to the deaths of eight gay men in 2021.
According to information from Spanish News Today, from September through October 2021, 25-year-old Nelson David from Columbia allegedly used Grindr to meet with victims. Once inside their homes, David drugged his victims with “liquid ecstasy” (otherwise known as GHB) and “left them to die.”
Initially, none of these deaths were treated as suspicious, but in October 2021, the family of one of the victims came forward and stated that a large sum of money had been taken from his bank account after his death.
By Justin Walton on May 9, 2022
The Maine Republican Party has adopted amendments to their official party platform indicating their support for anti-LGBTQ legislation -- continuing the trend of GOP politicians seizing on a culture-war issue they believe will work to their benefit ahead of this year's midterm elections.
At a raucous and occasionally unruly convention in Augusta on April 29, the party adopted amendments ranging from calling for schools to prohibit "sexual-based material" in schools through 12th grade to proposed bans on "critical race theory" being taught in the classroom.
We can't trap our children in classrooms and force radical ideology on them," Elizabeth Caruso, a Republican candidate for Maine's 2nd Congressional District, said in a speech. "The attack on our children's physical, emotional, mental and scholastic development must end. It's abuse. Republican lawmakers must fight this battle and win."
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