A Russian homestay network has launched a feature to find out how many gay people live in Russian cities.
But it’s far from an attempt to help LGBTI people find friendly and safe accommodation.
MyLinker, the Russian answer to AirBnB, added the GayLocator to help users ‘choose the city where the rate of homosexuality is at a minimum’.
They made the decision after AirBnB changed its terms and conditions.
In November 2016, the homestay network implemented a rule to say guests could not be refused based on their sexual orientation.
‘But what about the freedom of choice,’ MyLinker founder Rodin Kadyrov told Life.ru.
‘It’s fine to deny gay people if we’re talking about freedom of choice.’
He said everyone should have a choice what to do with their property, and they should be free to deny certain guests.
And the statistics are not necessarily nonsense.
When you search for a city, an algorithm calculates how often people in that city searched for ‘porn’ and ‘gay porn’.
The results are then projected onto the city’s entire population, and a new page – with a big, red danger! emblazoned below – returns a number.
For Sotchi, the GayLocator predicts 6,702 of the 400,000 inhabitants to be gay.
‘There are many gays there,’ the page reads, according to Queer.de.
‘In case of a peak in activities, we’ll help you fend off the gays.’
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