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New LGBTQ+ social app ‘CURV’ lets you #BendConventions

It’s here, it’s queer, and we’re all excited for it.

Just in time for Pride Month, some of the metro’s most colorful denizens were treated to a night of great music, drinks, and fabulous performances at the pre-launch party for CURV — the country’s first locally-developed LGBTQ+ dating and social app — at Limbo-Art Gallery and Bar in Poblacion, Makati.

Billing itself as the first inclusive social and dating app that offers a platform for LGBTQ+ Filipinos, CURV strongly urges its users to build a culture of respect, as well as strictly focus on the importance of connection, community, and equality — a breath of fresh air, considering the amount of discrimination one commonly encounters in other similar apps.

“Users are urged to build a culture of respect, to meet people beyond their part of the rainbow, and maybe even welcome more diversity in the people they date” CURV said in a previously released press statement.

Urging everyone to #BendConventions, the launch also featured a photo campaign by photographer Cru Camara, whose portraits of some of the members of the metro’s LGBTQ+ community depict the diversity of queer love and representation.

“From PR maven and trans activist Janlee Dungca to photographer BJ Pascual, our subjects remind us that there’s nothing to lose when we swerve from stereotypes and kick discrimination to the curb,” CURV said, noting in a statement that aside from being exhibited at the pre-launch party, the images were also blown up and posted as street art throughout Poblacion.

Street art featuring Cru Camara’s portraits of drag performer Amadeus Pagente and photographer BJ Pascual as seen in Poblacion | IMAGE via CURV
Street art featuring Cru Camara’s portrait of PR maven and trans activist Janlee Dungca as seen in Poblacion | IMAGE via CURV

Adding flair to the evening’s festivities were DJ sets by Mang Melvin, Curtismith, and Religion Black, as well as  vogue performances by dancers Jesse Rafael and Xyza Ragunjan from Nude Floor Creative Grounds.

Melvin Mojica — AKA Mang Melvin — warms up the Limbo dance floor during CURV’s pre-launch party | IMAGE via CURV
Rapper CURTISMITH performs during CURV’s pre-launch party at Limbo| IMAGE via CURV
RELIGION BLACK plays a set at the CURV pre-launch party at Limbo | IMAGE via CURV
Xyza Ragunjan of the House of Mizrahi vogues the house down at CURV’s pre-launch party | IMAGE via CURV

Explore CURV—the queer way to connect—by downloading CurvConnect on Apple App Store on June 29, 2019 and Google Play Store on July 26, 2019

Follow CURV on their Instagram, and Facebook pages and visit their website for more updates.

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