PA Native Wins Grindr Model Contest

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Matthew Stehlik, a native of Pittsburgh who now lives and works as a model and bartender in Orlando, Fla., was named one of two winners in Grindr’s Model Contest. He was chosen from a group of 780 guys, and voted on by users. The contest was Grindr’s way of “looking for the best gays to represent the new Grindr boy.” The other winner is Eric Angelo, a go-go dancer from Hollywood.

If this is what the guys are looking like on Grindr these days, is it enough to sway you Scruff devotees to switch back?

Enjoy a few more shots of him below, all acquired through his Instagram account.

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Grindr Got Political

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We may know Grindr best for its ability to sniff out the nearest (and hottest) guys looking for a little action, but Grindr for Equality has been spending this week reeling from the election results. This comes after creating an awareness campaign for LGBT equality issues nationwide. Not only did the app deliver important political messages directly to its users during this election season, but it helped brings awareness to out and LGBT-friendly candidates and marriage equality fights in several key states.

All told, Grindr says it reached 1.5 million users in the U.S. alone with as many as 135 in-app messages with specific calls to action that accrued 40,000 click-throughs. And according to a post-election survey conducted by Grindr for Equality, 91 percent of users saw the in-app messages, and more than a quarter of those users – we’re talking hundreds of thousands of gay and bisexual guys – did something about it, like vote, volunteer, sign petitions and even donate money.

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Did Olympians Cause Grindr Crash?

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“Hey, look! There’s Big Ben, the Parliment and London Bridge!” These are common exclamations among anyone who’s visiting London for the first time. Still other Olympians arriving on the Queen’s turf this weekend had their noises buried in their smart phones looking for another sort of “Big Ben” thanks to the gay sex, er, dating app Grindr.

People reported that the app crashed over the weekend as soon as athletes began arriving at Heathrow for the 2012 Olympic Games. The crash is believed to have been brought on by an overrun of users looking for a little pre-game action.

The app was reportedly down for 24 hours before it could be relaunched. According to Grindr, London is one of the most popular cities in which the app’s used with upwards of 350,000 registered users.

The dastardly surge even prompted Grindr founder Joel Simkhai to apologize from his Los Angeles office, saying, he, too, was disappointed by the technical burp since he uses the app for his own “day-to-day personal life.” Translation: Dude’s got game.