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Grindr's Comeback Parties Celebrate Return of In-Person Meet-ups

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Grindr is celebrating the return to in-person gatherings after a year of isolation with a 10-city party of their own, and you’ll want to dust off your most colorful rainbow briefs and cha-cha boots because everyone is invited.

Grindr Pride: The Comeback takes place Saturday, June 26, in 10 select cities across the U.S. Each party promises guests free drinks and entertainment, plus plenty of great Grindr swag like free Grindr Unlimited. And just to give you a couple more reasons to attend, there will be no cover charge or need to RSVP. Just present your Grindr app at the door and start having fun.

If you’re still not comfortable with the idea of large in-person gatherings, Grindr is also hosting a virtual Global Black Gay Pride in collaboration with Global Black Gay Men Connect and various local Black queer advocacy organizations around the world. Global Black Gay Pride takes place Friday, June 18, and can be viewed both on the Grindr app and on Grindr’s YouTube channel.

Celebrate a Return to In-Person Life with 'Grindr Pride: The Comeback"

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate and help preserve local LGBTQ+ bars while also treating our users to a much needed night out,” Alex Black, director of marketing for Grindr, said in a statement. “Queer nightlife spaces have always played such an important role in the community, and we want to help them come back from the pandemic stronger than before.”

The parties will take place June 26, in the following 10 destinations: Atlanta (Joe’s on Juniper), Austin (Oilcan Harry’s), Chicago (Sidetrack), Denver (Denver Street), Los Angeles (Akbar), Fort Lauderdale/Miami (LeBoy), New York (Metropolitan), Philadelphia (Tavern on Camac), Portland (Stag), and San Francisco (Powerhouse). Detailed information on directions and times can be found at the Grindr Pride website.

Grindr noted that over 100,000 bars and restaurants closed last year in the U.S., with LGBTQ+ bars and venues hard hit. The popular gay dating app had earlier partnered with GayCities and GoFundMe for the ‘Save Our Spaces’ campaign to tackle the crisis in vanishing queer spaces. With Grindr Pride: The Comeback, they hope to continue those efforts with what promises to be one heck of a welcome back party.

You can find out more information on Grindr Pride: The Comeback, including directions and local party times, online at grindr.com/pride.

Now if only there was some way to find a date for the party…

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