Sinakhone Keodara is attempting to corral other Asians in order to bring about a class action lawsuit against Grindr for what he considers their complicity in racial discrimination.
Keodara is tired responding with legal action against the common phrase “No Asians” used by members (particularly white members) of gay dating apps according to an NBCNews.com report.
One evening while browsing the wildly popular gay dating app Grindr, Sinakhone Keodara came across a user profile with just one short descriptor: “Not interested in Asians.”
That same day, he received a call from a friend on the other side of the country, who, like Keodara, is Asian American. The two men began talking about the exclusionary language they had recently seen on the app.
Keodara, who immigrated to the U.S. from Laos in 1986 and now lives in Los Angeles, decided he wanted to take action. So he took to social media last week and announced plans to bring a class-action lawsuit against Grindr for what he described as racial discrimination.
The Asian-American Founder and CEO of Asian Entertainment Television, Inc. took to Twitter to publicly appeal to others who also feel victimize with the hope that they will join his class-action lawsuit.
Keodara told NBC News “Grindr bears some responsibility” from an “ethical standpoint.” He said the social media company, which boasts more than 3 million daily users, “allows blatant sexual racism by not monitoring or censoring anti-Asian and anti-black profiles.”
Keodara said Asian-American men “from all over the country” have already written him saying they want to join his proposed lawsuit.
One big legal hurdle for Keodara, however, is Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides broad protection for digital platforms like Grindr. Still, his suit brings to the public’s attention an ongoing discussion among gay men who use dating apps — especially gay men of color.
Grindr did not respond to NBC News’ request for comment.
To read stories from others who feel that they have also been racially discriminated against on hookup apps and professionals who offer their insight on the topic visit NBCNews.com article Asian-American man plans lawsuit to stop ‘sexual racism’ on Grindr.