As the creator and director of Grindr for Equality (G4E), Grindr’s global advocacy platform for LGBTQ rights, Jack Harrison-Quintana works to promote human rights, health, and safety for LGBTQ individuals around the world. Through G4E, Jack aims to help create a world where queer people can be free and secure to pursue fulfillment and joy.
Grindr’s global reach to nearly four million daily active users in close to 200 countries, from India to Ireland, gives G4E an unparalleled opportunity to educate, advocate, and raise awareness of to important issues for the LGBTQ community. Under Jack’s leadership, G4E has partnered with human rights organizations like Campaign for Equal Rights in Nigeria; MOSAIC in Lebanon; and the Russian LGBT Network, and launched wide-ranging initiatives on critical issues such as HIV testing, electoral organizing, and general safety.
Jack has spent his career working towards his passion: improving the lives of queer people. He has held positions with the National LGBTQ Task Force, the oldest LGBTQ advocacy organization in the U.S.; the Global Trans Research and Advocacy Project (GTRAP), focused on building the research and advocacy capacity of global trans leaders; the National Center for Transgender Equality, leading social justice advocacy for transgender people; and Khemera, an NGO that works to improve the lives of women in Cambodia, including queer women.
Highlights of Jack’s work:
- On November 8, 2016, Grindr launched an online Sexual Health Resource Help Center, which operates in approximately 66 languages. Of note, it is the only resource in many languages where individuals can find LGBT sexual health information.
- Last year, Jack helped Grindr launch HIV testing reminders for all users to promote their health and destigmatize the testing process. [Depending on use: For more information about this initiative, see the following article in The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/26/health/grindr-hiv-test-reminder.html.]
- Through a partnership between G4E and Lebanon-based group MOSAIC, Jack helped refugees fleeing Syria find LGTBQ services, including: legal aid, health services (e.g., where to get tested, where to get medications), and mental health services using cutting-edge therapeutic styles.
- In 2009, Jack co-authored the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the first survey to collect quantitative data on the specific ways trans people are discriminated against to push public policy for the trans community. Nearly all statistics used about the transgender community from 2011 to 2016 were based on this report.
Jack holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.