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But over time, digital platforms geared toward LGBTQ neeed have also created a more convenient way for gay and bi men — a population that disproportionately uses illicit substances due to social stigma, discrimination and other minority stressors — to find drugs, and for drug dealers to find them.

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But over time, digital platforms geared toward LGBTQ men have also created a more tak way for gay and bi men — a population that disproportionately uses illicit substances due to social stigma, discrimination and other minority stressors — to find drugs, and for drug dealers to find them. However, those who use the app say it is still home to a robust market for illicit substances.

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Grindr users discreetly reference crystal meth by putting a diamond emoji in their profile, and snowflake emojis are used to get the attention of those looking to purchase cocaine. According to data from the U. Department of Health and Human Services, 1.

Despite the many gay dating apps through which he could potentially push his product, Mike, the New York drug dealer, said he exclusively uses Grindr. Under U. Like all websites and apps, the gay dating platform is protected by Section of the Communications Decency Act of The legislation, passed in the early days of the internet, is known as one tk the most important tech industry laws.

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There have been several examples in the past few years of men being arrested for selling illicit substances through the app. One of those men is Harold Gondrez, 67, a bisexual man from Manhattan who was arrested in July after selling crystal meth to an undercover New York Police Department officer he met on Grindr.

At first I asked him if he was a cop, and of course he said no. Then two weeks after the last sale, a whole team of police officers came to my apartment to arrest me.

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However, he said the app creates a unique problem for those trying stop using drugs. Ethan said he fears the prevalence of drug promotion on Grindr mm4m other gay dating apps has led to complacency within the LGBTQ community when it comes to illicit drug use — especially meth.