Peacock Spiders are well known for their way of attracting female mating partners: dancing. They literally dance for their lives because if the male doesn’t dance up to the female’s expectation, she eats him. What about humans?
Everyone is aware that the pandemic affected so many factors in everyday life. One of the factors is dating. Yes, partners have been separated for the sake of health, but separation wasn’t the only change. Ever since the pandemic started, dating apps increased in use, for many who were desperate to find human company while gay bars, clubs, and pubs were forced to close down. Many LGBTQ+ members have been prone to log onto a famous gay dating app, Grindr. These dating apps have become a mechanism for hate crimes motivated by homophobia.
David P. Was a 42 year old gay man who was a victim of a hate crime powered by homophobia. David arranged a date with a man he met on Grindr, but on the night of the date, he was ambushed, and killed. Three teenagers between 16 and 17 are suspects of the murder.
Interestingly enough, David P.’s case was one of many. Recently, a 19 year old man kidnapped, tortured, and attempted to dismember and cannibalize a partner he had met on Grindr. The man admitted his actions and was charged with a hate crime. Another recent event was when a teenager, using a fake profile, assaulted and attempted to rob a man he chatted with on Grindr. CNN states, “… homophobic hate crimes are on the rise. According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA’s) Annual Review of LGBTQ+ rights in Europe, hate crimes against LGBTQ+ people in the Netherlands were reported by Dutch media almost every week in 2020. In France, SOS Homophobie’s annual report found that the number of hate crimes against LGBTQ+ people had increased for a fourth consecutive year in 2020.”
The police have not been helping very much with these incidents, according to multiple victims and related people. For example, Rémy Bonny, a political scientist and LGBTQ+ activist working in Brussels said he doesn’t trust Belgian police to take homophobia seriously. Bonny is not the only one that believes this way; Charli, a victim of a LGBTQ+ hate crime, says the police didn’t physically help him at all. The police still have left to identify the assaulter of Charli.
Many are feeling unsafe, for the fear of homophobic attackers taking advantage of LGBTQ+ dating apps to meet with individuals.