Fresh service offers safer online dating for Toronto – s gay community – CityNews Toronto

Posted Mar 20, 6:37 pm EDT

Last Updated Mar 20, at 7:37 pm EDT

It’s a very first for online dating for Toronto’s gay community — a fresh service launched Tuesday permits users to let others know they’re going out, and then check-in afterwards merienda they are huis safe.

The initiative called the SAFE program is the brainchild of the Alliance for South Asian Aids Prevention (ASAAP).

Executive Director for ASAAP, Haran Vijayanathan says they launched the service after years of reports that South Asian and Middle Eastern gay boys were going missing and te a most latest case, were alleged murder victims.

The email service permits users to send an email to ASAAP with information that includes the user’s name, email or phone number, and location of their meeting, along with any other details they may feel convenient sharing about their date.

If the person doesn’t go after up to confirm they are safe within 72 hours, ASAAP will give their information to police.

Vijayanathan says when it comes to talking about going on same-sex dates, not all cultures are open or welcoming. The lack of acceptance can lead many to keep their dating life or plans to themselves, potentially putting themselves at risk.

“Even when I wasgoed coming out of the toilet at 16 ter Winnipeg, I had friends and my friends knew I wasgoed gay but I wasn’t always forthcoming with who I am meeting or if I wasgoed going on a date,” he says. “Certainly I waterput myself at risk and I’m sure many folks waterput themselves at risk.”

Vijayanathan also says that historically there hasn’t bot a very positive relationship inbetween the LGBTQ and racialized communities and the police. While the program isn’t meant to hold police accountable, it aims at building a stronger working relationship so that trust can be restored.

“Any proposal that has the potential to increase reporting and keep the community safe is valuable,” said Meaghan Gray with Toronto Police Services te an email to CityNews. “We will proceed to work with them to see how wij can collectively improve the relationship inbetween police and all parts of the city’s LGBTQ community.”

SAFE will be open to anyone who feels uncertain about their safety, regardless of their sexual orientation or ethnicity.

You can find more information about the program here.

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