Tired of the Grind? Some New Gay Apps Less About Sexytimes

In the world of apps, there seem to be more every day vying for downloads. There are some classics that we all keep because everyone has them, but some newer apps out on the market might have you getting some fancy upgrades for your smartphone.

A Little Swankier Online Dating

Revamped and relaunched, the gay dating app Mister <http://www.misterapp.com/> is remarketing itself as a dating website with codes of ethics. Looking to replace other apps that focus more on quick turnarounds and less on faces, the app is designed to be more about the members and their relationships.

Carl Sandler, CEO of Mister, said that his app is what a “grown up version of Grindr” would look like. The app’s code of conduct <http://www.misterapp.com/mister/about> requires all users to agree to six basic values: maturity, integrity, safety, truth, enjoyment, and respect. The idea for the app is to change how the gay community is using mobile apps and to make them more about treating each other well and to get them out dating. Sandler adds that, “We wanted to create a place that’s different and feels different… We built Mister with the goal of getting people off the app and meeting in the real world.”

The newest feature of the app is called “Mr. Right,” to expand the options available to members. Sanders explains that this feature “provides users new introductions daily based on the types of men they normally interact with… Mr. Right works in the background as a personal wingman, always on the lookout for new, compatible men.” With other apps that just give you a jumble of single pictures filtered by location, it might be nice to be able to find guys with options more than just body type.

While titan Grindr reports having over 6 million users, Mister recently gained over 1 million registered users, with more growing each day. If you’re tired of your dating options thus far and you’re looking for something more, Mister might be exactly what you need. The newest version is only available currently on iPhone, with the Android version coming out in Fall 2013.

Historically Speaking

Whether you have already found your Mr. Right or you just need a little bit more queerness in your life, there’s a new history app that’s sure to keep you overflowing with knowledge and lgbtq pride.

Mobile app Quist  is available worldwide, providing daily posts that catalogue historical events and summarize them for you. If you want to take a deeper look into any of the events, the app lets you do that, and allows you to also search by state, region of the world, or by issue. The app’s ultimate goal is to allow you to learn more about “how far the LGBTQ community has come over time—how we have been treated, how we have reacted, how our allies have supported us.”

The app was created by Sarah Prager and designed by the Baltimore-based firm Natural Fusion. Even though lgbtq history is available in a host of different mediums, Prager wanted to make everything more accessible and to make it current, instantly available all over the world.

Prager cites statistics of teen suicide as one of her motivations for the app and works to show teens that they are not alone and that they share a history with many past and current. The app makes a “conscious effort to keep the drag queens and leather daddies in,” to show the flamboyant and rebellious beginnings, but also includes contributions of queer people of color, bisexuality, and the transgender rights movement.

Quist is available for free on iPhones and Androids, and makes sure that no day will pass without updating you on your important history and happenings.

Furniture Mogul Behind Effort to Open LGBT Museum in Washington, D.C.


Gay Couple Mitchell and Tim Gold Are Collecting Artifacts and Donations for Museum

North Carolina furniture magnate Mitchell Gold and his husband Tim Gold are raising money and collecting artifacts to open a LGBT museum in our nation’s capital. The museum is expected to cost $50 to $100 million to open and operate.

The Museum’s Purpose

“We are going to tell American stories.  We are going to tell American history, but we are going to do it through the lens of the LGBT story. The museum is particularly for the LGBT youth.  That high school boy or girl who comes from a community that’s not so accepting, maybe a family that’s not so accepting, from a church that’s not so accepting, and at the very least they should be able to walk by this museum and know that it’s o.k. I want anyone walking through the door to be able to take something away from the experience, ” commented Tim.

Museum Goers Won’t be Walking Through the Door Anytime Soon.

Contributors kicked off the building campaign with $300,000. Supporters include the Arcus Foundation that promotes LGBT equality, the Velvet Foundation, a charitable group, which since 2008, has been gathering donations, and individual donors.

Tim Gold is a former Smithsonian researcher, and his husband Mitchell co-founded the $100 million home furnishing company Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Mitchell does philanthropic work on behalf of gay youth and edited a book of coming-out stories. They are spearheading the effort.

The Planning Board

The couple live in North Carolina, a state that banned same-sex marriage last year, but legally  married in Iowa.  They have enlisted the help of a lawyer to arrange their fundraising, a museum design expert, Richard Molinaroli of MFM Design, a Bethesda firm that creates exhibits for Smithsonian museums, to develop the ideas and a real estate broker to locate and acquire property needed for a 100,000 –square-foot museum.  Tim envisions an exhibition hall as part of a mixed-use space that would include a performing arts theatre, a cafe, offices, and a research center.

“Here I Am”

The museum’s forty-page strategic plan, titled “Here I am” explores stories of gay men and lesbians and their searches for identity. It would teach visitors the roles that LGBT Americans have played in the country’s history such as:  gay men and lesbians and their searches for identity, among them lesbian performers at Harlem blues clubs in the 1920’s, photographs of gays at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 and nationwide protest signs from nationwide demonstrations. There is a sign saved from the closing in 2010 of the Dupont Circle bookstore Lambda Rising and the violin and music stand owned by Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers Freshman who committed suicide. The Museum of Sex in Manhattan has contributed a filmstrip of a 1970 Gay Pride  parade in New York.

So far, Tim Gold has acquired 5,000 items which are stored in a climate-controlled warehouse in Forestville.  He has been travelling the U.S. visiting the homes of gay rights activists, such as Matthew Shepard’s mother, where he is given historical mementos from their attics.