Village Voice

Pride Marchers Tell Us Their Grindr Horror (and Love) Stories

7/2/2014

Arts/News


"On our first date, she brought me a cat. A four-year-old cat from a shelter that was mean."

"Oh, this is what you look like?"

"One of my best friend's exes contacted me and tried to arrange something."

"Guys like to send me pictures of them getting fisted."

"Then he asked me if we could have sex without a condom."

Grindr, Scruff and OK Cupid are just a few of the dating apps used in and around the 2014 Pride March on Sunday in Greenwich Village. We asked parade-goers about heir worst and best experiences using online dating apps and about the impact that Pride has on the dating and hook-up ecosystem.

"You have a lot more people that are on, especially people from out of town," says 25-year-old Matthew Elliot, who was rocking pirate garb and black eye liner.

Hundreds of thousands of people packed the streets of lower Manhattan to walk in and around the New York City Pride Parade, on the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Riots. With such high numbers, geo-locaters on dating apps were alerting eager daters just feet away from a potential mate.

We interviewed various parade goers about their trials and tribulations with e-love.

See also:
The 100 Most Interesting Faces of NYC Pride
The Party People of the Proud as F*ck! Pride Party
Scenes from the 2014 NYC Pride March