gays in england

Queer history
  • Historian: that historical figure isn't gay they are married with children
  • Me, internally: Prior to the 20th century marriage was a necessity to maintain social status and power. And due to the nature of things children were a condition of marriage. Rarely were marriages for love or representative of ones own personal attractions. Historians tend to deny sources that give accounts of homosexual behavior due to internalized homophobia. History is a lot easier to understand with only straight people involved, but the fact remains queer people didn't appear out of nowhere in the 20th century. They've been around forever and historians help absolutely no one by assisting in the denial of that fact.
  • Me, externally: Bi!!!!!💗💜💙
London Grindr users on the 2017 general election

UK prime minister Theresa May has called a snap election, to be held on 8 June 2017.

I’ve previously polled Grindr users on Brexit, Scottish independence, the 2016 US election, and the previous UK election, in Scotland and in Wales. This time, I asked 519 Grindr users in England, in and around London, which political parties they’re supporting.

The following is a sample of the replies.

(Identifiable faces in profile pictures have been censored.)


Of the 519 Grindr users I was able to question before moderators intervened, 181 responses were counted. 64 of these users settled on a party. Here are their results:

60.9% (39)   Labour
17.2% (11)   Liberal Democrat
15.6% (10)   Conservative
3.1% (2)       Monster Raving Loony
3.1% (2)       UKIP

No eligible voters chose the Green Party.

A further 117 users responded, but did not settle on a party.

11 were undecided, and could not be swayed to pick a favourite.

12 said they would choose not to vote.

18 were not eligible to vote.

Other responses can be roughly categorised as follows:

42   Miscellaneous evasion
13   Nonexistent parties and other sarcastic answers
10   Explicitly declined to answer
6    Too horny to engage politically
6    Just replying “hi” or “hello” or something, ignoring the opening question, and proceeding to attempt a conversation like it was never asked

In addition, here is a count of secondary positive mentions of parties – second choices for those who are voting for a different party, or parties mentioned as possibilities for those who remain undecided:

7   Labour
4   Lib Dem
3   Green
1   Conservative

These are parties that were singled out for negative mentions, often preceded by an “Anything but”:

7   Conservative
1   Labour
1   UKIP

In conclusion: Grindr stands with Corbyn. If the Grindr turnout is high on Thursday, the UK may yet have a socialist revolution.

(See also: the Grindr election poll in Edinburgh.)