Type of site
|Online cruising and hookup service|
|Available in||Multiple languages|
|Owner||Pink Triangle Press|
The website is based in Toronto, Canada, but is available worldwide and includes user-generated listings for parks, saunas, public toilets and popular sex locations for men who have sex with men (MSM). The site was described as "unique and ideal for cruising world-wide" by the 2006 Spartacus International Gay Guide.
Squirt.org is primarily a hookup website. Profiles are completely uncensored. The site has profiles to serve standard hookups, live cam chatrooms, gay cruising spots, videos and Cocktales, which are erotic stories generated by the users. It is available as a free service or can be upgraded for full service.
The smaller cities the website usually list public parks, truck stops and mall bathrooms. Larger cities include gyms, malls, hotel washrooms, city parks, libraries, sex clubs, bathhouses/saunas, fetish bars and strip clubs, beaches, public washrooms, video arcades, theaters, cinemas, booths and college and university campuses.
The cruising listings on the site include a general description of the location and how to get there. There is a description on the type of people who go there and when the location is generally busy. There are cruising info and tips related to the location. Some listings include a section for pet peeves and warnings to inform users about police activity on the location or about security monitoring. Each location includes a comment section where everybody can share their personal experience about the location.
Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says that the listings and postings on the website make people "easy targets", and "brings the places to the attention of people who would be prepared to close them down". Increased sexual activities in public toilets (cottaging) due to their listing on the website have caused facilities to close in the United Kingdom and Australia.
Squirt.org originally launched its mobile site in 2009 but due to the changes in the gay online dating market space caused by Grindr they released a new format in 2012, which followed adopting the GPS location based technology used by Grindr and Scruff. Squirt Mobile is available via the regular web browser format making it accessible with almost any mobile device. It is not available in the app stores due to the guidelines related to nudity, which is allowed on Squirt Mobile. Squirt Mobile was released first to the UK and later to the rest of the world.
Campaigns and controversy
The website has attracted controversy due to its supposed promotion of illegal activity, and municipal police branches in some jurisdictions have been known to have "vice units" monitor websites such as Squirt.org.
Due to the ability to seek out others for unprotected sex on the website ("barebacking"), the site has been used in sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV/AIDS research and outreach, as well as research on "hookup" sites for MSM. The website itself has co-operated with HIV/AIDS outreach programs, which have provided sexual health information to its users.
The site's 2015 "Non-Stop Cruising" campaign sparked a backlash in Dallas, Texas, after complaints were received over their billboard, which featured three ethnically diverse men embracing. In September 2015, the Toronto Transit Commission decided to remove advertisements for the website from its subway trains after riders complained the website promoted illegal sexual activity.
Its advertisements were removed from bus stops in Cardiff, Wales, in 2016, following claims they were inappropriate. In 2016 the Dutch Advertising Standards Board received numerous complaints of indecency regarding large signs and posters featuring shirtless men appearing in Amsterdam and other large cities. The Board disagreed with the contention and pointed out that the men were not posed in a sexual manner or even suggesting sexual acts.
In 2017 in the United States, a 60-year-old man who met a 13-year-old boy on the website was arrested for sexual assault.
In 2018, the website came out in opposition to the Trump administration's view of LGBT rights, using the slogan "Make America Gay Again" (a parody of Make America Great Again, Trump's campaign slogan) on posters throughout Los Angeles and New York City to coincide with the inauguration of Donald Trump. Szatmari said "LGBT rights are in question with the incoming Trump administration which has vigorously campaigned to roll back many of the rights that protect these communities."
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