Celebrating Tim Cook’s Coming Out

Tim Cook is a hard working, likable guy and now titan of industry.  For many, even in the gay community, it was ok to regard his sexual orientation as private.  For Cook – rarely in the press prior to his CEO role – it seemed everyone respected his discreteness.   Recently the New York Times asked, in “Technology’s Rainbow Connection” if there is a “Gorilla Glass closet”? Journalist Kara…

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Keeping Our Users Safe

The news media has been full of stories recently about the vulnerabilities of other gay social apps. Business Insider’s headline read, “Security Flaw In Gay Dating App Reveals Precise Location Of 90% Of Users”. If you live in a country which actively discriminates or criminalises against gay men, then the consequences could be severe. Another headline – in The Washington Post – spells out what that could mean: “Could…

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Find The Closest HIV Testing Location With Hornet

At Hornet we take an aggressive approach to helping prevent HIV infections and reducing stigma and now our members can find where to get HIV tests near them from inside our app.  The gay community has made great progress in reducing HIV infection rates, but new trends among young people is that HIV rates are increasing once again, 132.5% from 2001-2011—a much higher increase than older gay men and…

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With Hornet, Gays Can Now Play Safe on Gay Mobile Social Networks

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Innumerous accounts of discomfort with security of mobile social networks for gay guys, like Grindr, have prompted the makers of Hornet, a brand new, second generation network, to make security and safety front and center of their app design. This starts but is not limited to the next most important item after use of condoms to control the spread of STD, the knowledge of…

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