Bumble’s ‘Summer of Love’ Survey Find Desire for Vaccinated Partners

Bumble’s ‘Summer of Love’ Survey Find Desire for Vaccinated Partners

Lifestyle Story: Portland, OR. Bumble recently conducted research on how the pandemic has changed dating as singles head into the ‘summer of love.’ The women-first dating app and social networking platform, is revealing how the pandemic has shaped the way that single people are dating this summer and beyond as restrictions are beginning to ease and more people are becoming fully vaccinated within the United States every day.

Nearly 90%4 of American users who have selected their first date preferences within Bumble’s COVID Preferences Center are ready to date In Real Life (IRL) again. Of those ready for an IRL first date, there’s nearly an even split between those who are comfortable with a regular IRL first date (46%)4 or a socially distanced one (41%)4. Bumble has also seen growth particularly in those states and cities where there are higher vaccination rates.

“The pandemic has leveled the dating world like never before and has brought about meaningful changes in behavior that we see having a positive impact on our community long term,” said Whitney Wolfe Herd, CEO and Founder of Bumble. “Historically, this is a time of year where the dating industry sees a considerable increase in activity and we’re experiencing that more than ever heading into this summer season. As our research illustrates, daters are entering this ‘summer of love’ with more intentionality than ever before and are prioritizing safety, compatibility, and shared values as restrictions ease and vaccination rates increase.”

Ahead of the official first day of summer on June 20, Bumble is sharing new research and insights about dating during this ‘summer of love.’

Here’s all the current research from Bumble:

Dating has changed for the better. The time that people spent in lockdown really allowed them to focus on what they are truly looking for while dating, giving them a renewed sense of clarity and confidence in taking control of their dating lives as they begin to meet new people this summer. Through recent research, Bumble has found that people are now dating more intentionally than before the pandemic – they’re being more honest about what they’re looking for in a relationship, whether it’s something casual or serious.

  • 55%2 of Bumble’s global users have said that they are now feeling less willing to compromise on what they want and need from a potential relationship, according to a recent survey.

  • Nearly 40%1  (38%) of Americans surveyed have noticed an increase in clear communication of expectations and intentions while dating throughout the pandemic.

  • Nearly 30%1  (28%) have seen a meaningful decline in dead-end conversations as people are being more honest about what they’re looking for in a relationship.

  • Nearly 40%1  (39%) respondents have noticed a meaningful decline in ghosting while dating throughout the pandemic.

  • Over 30%1  (31%) have said that they noticed a meaningful decline in catfishing.

Online dating is just… dating

It’s no surprise that people have adapted to new ways of communicating and dating to find and explore meaningful connections throughout the pandemic.

  • 91%1 of the Americans surveyed believe that there is no longer a stigma attached to meeting someone online or through a dating app since the pandemic began.

  • An overwhelming two-thirds1 (65%) think that it’s possible to fall in love with someone that they’ve never met in person before.

  • Nearly 40%1 (38%) enjoy going on virtual dates as they find that it’s safer to engage with a match virtually before meeting in person.

    • 1 in 31 (31%) like virtual dates because it saves them time and money.

    • 1 in 41 (26%) appreciate that they only have to get partially ready (“half-glam”) when going on a video date.

  • Many are also leaning more into other means of virtual communication – 1 in 41 (25%) of those surveyed have sent someone an audio message this past year.

Safety is still top of mind

Following a year in quarantine, safety is still top of mind and many are continuing to prioritize discussions on precautions and COVID vaccination statuses before meeting someone in person for the first time.

  • More than 54%2  of Bumble’s global users feel more safety conscious than before the pandemic.

  • Vaccination status is essential to many, as 30%1 Americans surveyed would not go on a date or have sex with someone who hasn’t received the COVID vaccine.

  • Bumble announced its plans to launch a “Vaccinated” Badge in profiles this summer within the US and the UK. By adding the badge, people will be able to show on their dating profile whether they have been vaccinated for COVID-19. Bumble will also offer complimentary credits for premium features, such as Spotlight and SuperSwipe, to those who enable the “Vaccinated” Badge later this summer.

To help its community feel comfortable dating right now and to help normalize conversations about dating during the pandemic, Bumble has added a COVID Preferences Center that can be accessed by tapping the profile icon within the Bumble app. After matching with someone, both individuals will be able to see what the other person’s dating preferences are – such as meeting outdoors and in uncrowded places only – and what precautions they want to take.

Bumble also offers a Safety Center, which is available online and within the app by tapping the profile icon. Bumble’s Safety Center provides a compilation of resources and tools to help its community date confidently.

Shared values are more important than ever before

The way that people are now approaching conversations around race and intersectional inequalities while dating has completely shifted after a year that re-ignited powerful social justice moments.

  • Since the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in 2020, nearly 2 in 53  (38%) Americans surveyed said that they have re-evaluated how they approach race and inequality in their romantic relationships.

    • This number is even more significant for Black respondents, as more than 1 in 23  (53%) Black Americans are now re-evaluating how they approach race and inequality while dating since last year’s events.

  • 62%3  of respondents say that it is important for them to talk about key social issues on a first date, such as gender equality, politics, race, or the environment.

  • 75%3  would only date someone if a majority of their political and social views align.

  • 1 in 23  (51%) respondents believe that activism is now a more important part of society than their parents considered it to be during their generation.

Wolfe Herd continues: “Over the course of the pandemic, we’ve remained intently focused on listening to our community to understand how their needs have evolved and we have continued to innovate our product to meet that demand. We are always looking for ways to enhance the user experience by listening closely to user feedback and will continue to do so moving forward.”

Over the past year, Bumble has made several updates to its platform, including introducing 150 new interest badges in dating profiles and launching its “Night In” feature, where two people can participate in an interactive game during a video chat. The company also recently launched Snap’s AR Lenses within Bumble video calls and launched video notes that utilize Snapchat’s technology.

Research background:

1 Based on insights commissioned by Bumble and carried out online by Censuswide. Surveys were conducted with a sample of 1,003 single adults in the United States between May 4th to 10th, 2021. Censuswide abides by and employs members of the Market Research Society, which is based on the ESOMAR principles.

2 Based on a survey conducted on the Bumble app among those based in Australia = 1,215, US = 1,598, UK = 1,272 during Q2 2021.

3 Based on insights commissioned by Bumble and carried out online by Research Without Barriers (RWB). The survey was conducted with a sample of 1,002 adults in the United States between May 14 to 17, 2021. All research conducted adheres to the UK Market Research Society (MRS) code of conduct (2019) and ICC/ESOMAR (international). RWB is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and complies with the DPA (1998).

4 Based on proprietary Bumble platform insights in the US, June 2021.

About Bumble app: Bumble, the women-first social networking app, was founded by CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd in 2014. Bumble connects people across dating (Bumble Date), friendship (Bumble BFF) and professional networking (Bumble Bizz). No matter the type of relationship, women make the first move on Bumble. Bumble is built on the importance of equitable relationships and how crucial they are to a healthy, happy life. They’ve built their platform around kindness, respect, and equality – and their community plays an important part in that. Bumble holds its users accountable for their actions and has zero-tolerance for hate, aggression, or bullying. Bumble is free and available worldwide in the App Store and Google Play.

Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Virtual Canine Heroes Gala Raises Over $350,000

Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Virtual Canine Heroes Gala Raises Over $350,000

Portland, OR. Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) hosted its annual Canine Heroes Gala on June 6th. This year the event took place on a free, virtual platform that allowed for viewers from across the U.S., Canada, and beyond to see both GDB campuses and enjoy stories and photos of heroic guide dogs. Some guide dogs were dressed in superhero costumes to illustrate their life-changing actions. Others appeared in pictures, like the 8-week old guide dog puppy in training named Beatrice who is  seen above.

Guide Dogs for the Blind President and CEO, Chris Benninger with Liam Mayclem, an Emmy award-winning radio and TV personality, GDB Vice President of Outreach, Admissions, and Alumni Services, Theresa Stern, accompanied by two guide dogs.

This guide dog shows off his superhero cape.

The Virtual Canine Heroes Gala was hosted by Liam Mayclem, an Emmy Award-winning TV and radio personality, and GDB Vice President of Outreach, Admissions, and Alumni Services, Theresa Stern alongside her guide dog. The gala also featured several vignettes of some four-legged GDB friends which were narrated by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer, James Newton Howard.

GDB had 1,220 households register for the event which raised over $350,000. Donors all across the world provided a large amount of financial support to the nonprofit organization’s life-changing mission. After the live event ended, GDB hosted a virtual auction that ran from June 2nd-9th, which allowed people to bid on a wide range of items in support of the organization.

The President and CEO of GDB, Chris Benninger, provided updates on the nonprofit’s plans and topped the evening off by delivering a GDB puppy. The adorable 8-week old black lab puppy, Beatrice, was given to a volunteer puppy raiser to begin her journey to becoming a fully-trained canine hero.

Here’s a video from the organization which also has spoken narration for those with limited sight. Meet GDB client Walter Elias and his black Lab guide dog, Frommer. Walter was interviewed on the grounds of GDB’s Oregon campus. Other footage and photos show Walter and Frommer hiking through a forest, and walking through neighborhoods with his two instructors.

From Guide Dog’s for the Blind:
Guide Dogs for the Blind is a passionate community that prepares highly qualified guide dogs to empower individuals who are blind or visually impaired to move through the world more safely and confidently. GDB not only improves mobility for its clients, but it also furthers inclusion and advocates for policy reforms that change how the world views blindness. All of GDB’s services are free to participants and the organization receives no government funding, which makes events like the Canine Heroes Virtual Gala such a pivotal fundraiser each year.

Portland Parks & Recreation Announces Summer Offerings

Portland Parks & Recreation Announces Summer Offerings

Portland, OR. Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is restoring much of its summer programming in 2021 with resources from the Parks Local Option Levy which passed in November of 2020. Click here for an interactive map to find a park.

All seven outdoor public pools and five indoor pools will open on Tuesday, June 22nd. Additionally, Free Lunch + Play will be off and running. It supports families by offering nutritious meals and recreational activities during the summer recess. Free Lunch + Play runs from June 21st through August 20th. Click here for a link to that program.

During the school year, 57% of young Portlanders qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Without school lunches, summer becomes the time when nearly 50,000 Portland children face hunger daily.

Free Lunch + Play offers accessible meal service and engaging activities for kids age 18 and under.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the summer will still look a bit different. In summer 2021, Portland Parks & Recreation’s primary goal is to keep our community healthy and to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19. PP&R designed outdoor summer programming to meet public health guidance and to be flexible as conditions change. Due to public health guidance, some PP&R sites and programs may need to operate at reduced capacity or change locations.

Below are links to the many programs:

Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR)
Offering camps and activities specially designed for children, teens, and adults who live with disabilities.

Arts classes and camps
Multnomah Arts Center will offer outdoor camps and virtual classes. Community Music Center will offer outdoor classes at Kenilworth Park and virtual classes.

Fitness in the Park PP&R has ten parks (twice the amount of last year!) featuring outdoor fitness programs such as yoga, exercise, and Zumba classes.

Free Lunch + Play
Free nutritious meals for youth ages 1-18. Plus free, drop-in activities and special events including art and music activities, pop-up performances, book/reading events, sports, games, and more. No registration required.

Pop-up Performances
Summer Free For All will present small, surprise, “pop-up” performances by local artists at Free Lunch + Play sites and other parks around the city.

Interactive Fountains and Splash Pads
Interactive fountains are open during park hours starting in mid-May, remaining on through early autumn. Splash pads are open daily from June 11 through September 6, between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm.

Ladybug Nature Walks
Guided family programs to connect Portlanders to the natural environment.

Lifelong Recreation (formerly known as Senior Recreation)
Virtual programs and outdoor activities available to Portlanders ages 60 and up.

Nature Day Camps
Summer day camps for kids to hike and explore nature.

Virtual Programs
Free Stay and Play videos help Portlanders stay active and connected to PP&R throughout the summer. Videos are available at youtube.com/pdxparksandrec/videos. A limited number of registered, virtual classes will also be available.

Summer Camps
Outdoor day camps, sports, and art camps for ages 5-12 at 20 locations across the city. Camp group sizes are limited and campers will remain with other participants of similar ages.

Swimming pools and lessons*
All seven outdoor public pools and five indoor pools will open on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, if health conditions and staffing allow. Pools will have swim lessons and water exercise classes by reservation only, and limit other offerings to protect public health. Lap swim and water fitness reservations at indoor pools are available between 5:30 am and 12:30 pm.

Here’s a video about Portland Parks:

Community Centers
Community centers will support outdoor COVID-19-responsive programming this summer. Community centers will not be open to the public this summer, regardless of public health guidance. PP&R looks forward to the centers reopening in the fall of 2021.

Cinema Unbound Summer Movie Series Offers the Big Screen Outdoors

Cinema Unbound Summer Movie Series Offers the Big Screen Outdoors

Portland, OR. The Northwest Film Center will host the Cinema Unbound Summer Movie Series, during July, August, and September. The series will offer open-air rooftop screenings of movies at Lloyd Center with food, drink, weekend themes and costumes, plus outdoor watching at pop-up venues throughout Portland. “It’s the right time to experience movies anew—unbound, outdoors and fully immersed in cinematic worlds that challenge the status quo,” says Amy Dotson, Director of the Northwest Film Center. “Whether it’s ‘80s slumber party nights in your jammies, dancing and singing along to your cinematic favs, Drink & Draw fetes or Cosplay fun, immerse yourself in the magic of movie storyworlds like never before!”

Building upon last year’s successful Cinema Unbound Drive-In, the Northwest Film Center and Portland Art Museum are again collaborating with community partners to connect with audiences and bring innovative film and new media exhibitions to life.

The Cinema Unbound Summer Movie Series, running July, August and September 2021, welcomes guests to safely gather and experience the power that entertaining cinematic storytelling can bring. “We are thrilled to be connecting with the community beyond the walls of the Museum,” said Portland Art Museum Director Brian Ferriso. “Gathering again for shared experiences is more important than ever, and during our glorious summers, it’s a Portland tradition to enjoy those moments outdoors.”

Additional pop-up locations and dates will be announced in mid-June.

From Northwest Film Center and Portland Art Museum:

Cinema Unbound Summer Movies and Open-Air Experiences will bring together community members to celebrate and explore cinema in all its forms. Committed to programming films that are fun, groundbreaking and changing the paradigm of what cinema can—and will—be, the season showcases both new and classic films of which nearly half are helmed by directors who identify as women, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+.

Why Now?

Our Cinema Unbound programming was created in our post-COVID world as a way to gather, untether and dissolve implied boundaries, wrap our arms around and uplift cinema — and each other — in all our many forms. When we are unbound we are open to seeing stories from different places, people, and perspectives.

What makes it unique?

Experiential Movie Nights, Bars & Spectacular Rooftop Views!

Each night, you will meet storytellers whose narratives spring from a wide variety of building blocks and backgrounds.  Some are first features, some are big-budget productions from those with storied creative careers. Some push boundaries in a future-forward way, and some just make us flat-out laugh and take us back to our youth. Some were made right here in the Northwest, and the rest hail from New York, Hollywood, and representative communities everywhere.

This summer’s lineup of unbound programming continues to make the best use of the benefits of fresh air as our community recovers from the pandemic. Due to continued reduced staffing, the Whitsell Auditorium inside the Portland Art Museum will remain closed for the time being.

Cinema Unbound: The Ultimate Open-Air Film Experience

*Costumes Encouraged


Weekend 1 – Theme: The Deep Search

July 1 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou *
Director: Wes Anderson

July 2 Wonder Woman*
Director: Patty Jenkins

July 3 2021 Academy Award Best Picture Nomadland
Director: Chloé Zhao

Weekend 2 – Theme: Tiger Beat! The Heartthrobs of Gen X 

July 10 Beetlejuice*
Director: Tim Burton

July 11 Say Anything…*
Director: Cameron Crowe

Weekend 3 – Theme: ‘90s Slumber Party Weekend 
*PJs & Fuzzy Slippers Welcome

July 17 House Party*
Director: Reginald Hudlin

July 18 Clueless*
Director: Amy Heckerling

Weekend 4 – Theme: Shake It Dance-Along 
*Pre-show Dancing 

July 24 Dirty Dancing*
Director: Emile Ardolino

July 25 Zola — NEW RELEASE!
Director: Janicza Bravo

Weekend 5 – Theme: Solve The Mystery Movies!

July 31 Knives Out
Director: Rian Johnson

August 1 Sherlock Holmes*
Director: Guy Ritchie


Weekend 6 – Theme: What The World Needs Now Is More L’Amore 

August 7 Brokeback Mountain
Director: Ang Lee

August 8 Medicine for Melancholy
Director: Barry Jenkins

Weekend 7 – Theme: Cosplay! Fantastical Fantasy Worlds 
*Dress up and Be Extra!

August 14 The Green Knight* — NEW RELEASE!
Director: David Lowery

August 15 The Dark Crystal*
Directors: Jim HensonFrank Oz

Weekend 8 – Theme: New Hair, New You
*Hair contests, give-aways and more!

August 21 Barbershop
Director: Tim Story

August 22 Steel Magnolias*
Director: Herbert Ross

Weekend 9 – Theme: ‘80s Slumber Party Week
*Wear your PJS and be, like, Totally Awesome

August 28 Valley Girl*
Director: Rachel Lee Goldenberg

August 29 Tron*
Director: Joseph Kosinski


Weekend 10 – Theme: Sing-Along Cinema Soiree

September 4 Selena
Director: Gregory Nava

September 5 Beats, Rhymes & Life: A Tribe Called Quest
Director: Michael Rapaport

Weekend 11 – Theme: PowerTeen Queens

September 11 The 10th Anniversary of Pariah
Director: Dee Rees

September 12 Lady Bird
Director: Greta Gerwig

Weekend 12 – Theme: Athletic, Independent

*Dress Up PDX Sports Fans!

September 18 Boogie — NEW RELEASE!
Director: Eddie Huang

September 19 Blue Crush
Director: John Stockwell

Weekend 13 – Theme: Animation Overload: Drink & Draw  

*Pre-Show Drawing Lessons & Contests

September 25 Mars Attacks!*
Director: Tim Burton

September 26 Shrek*
Directors: Andrew AdamsonVicky Jenson

*Films Subject to change

Get tickets HERE!


Doors open at 7 pm with food and beverages available for purchase. Music begins at 7 pm and films begin at dusk. Entry for advance ticket holders is guaranteed until 8:30 pm.

Advance tickets ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee entry after 8:30 pm. A limited number of chairs are available on a first-come basis, so feel free to bring a chair, pillow, or blanket, along with a light sweater or jacket. There are no refunds or exchanges for arrivals after the film begins (dusk) or for entirely missed screenings. Please, no pets or outside food or drink.

Movies will start at dusk and will feature first-run, repertoire films and features appropriate for children and adults. We will also feature a regional short film before each feature film. Live entertainment and music will be provided prior to each screening.

Tickets will be sold online and in advance through Northwest Film Center and Portland Art Museum’s websites. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Tickets to Lloyd Center sceenings are $20 per person and $30 per person for special VIP seating.


Lloyd Center | The Cinema Unbound Summer Movies and Rooftop Screenings are located atop the Lloyd Center shopping mall in the Lloyd District of Portland, Oregon. Screenings will take place on the top level of the parking structure, which is open-air and uncovered. The entrance is at the West-end parking garage at Lloyd Center (10th Ave and NE Halsey).

Enter the Lloyd Center parking garage next to Barnes and Noble bookstore on NE Halsey, and drive towards the roof-top. There will be ample parking in the garage and limited ADA & VIP parking on the rooftop. Attendees may also park on the street below and enter the rooftop via the stairs. Please look for and follow the wayfinding signs.

All films are subject to change without notice.

For up-to-date event information regarding weather please visit the event’s website. Please assume the show is on unless otherwise noted.

The Northwest Film Center will comply with any Federal or State health precautions that may be in place at the time of the event. This may include wearing a mask and/or social distancing.

Inspiration for Getting Back to Into the Swing of Things With a ‘Bubble Ball’

Inspiration for Getting Back to Into the Swing of Things With a ‘Bubble Ball’

Portland, OR. Local fundraisers are looking for inspiration on how to get back into the swing of things and they’ve found it in Lake Tahoe. On May 22nd, 2021 Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village, NV held an in-person gala. The Bubble Ball was the name of this year’s gala fundraiser, held for the first time in the school’s new Athletic and Performing Arts Center on campus. 130 guests enjoyed fine dining by Roundabout Catering in a space transformed by Creative Coverings and Celadon Events, plus a raucous auction that raised nearly $500,000. Kristen O’Donnell and Sarah Williams, (seen above) were the Gala Co-Chairs. (Photo credit Ciprian Cojac)

Matthew Hill, Kevin Kassekert and Keith O’Donnell

Venue transformed by Celadon Events, Creative Coverings and Crux Productions

Head of School Robert E. Graves

Auctioneer Keith McLane, BAS, (2nd from left) congratulates SpaceX Tour winners Melissa Green, Jason Green and Rob Alston

From Lake Tahoe School:

The Lake Tahoe School annual gala raises funds to benefit tuition assistance, faculty and staff development, facilities improvements, safety protocols, and special programming for our students. Lake Tahoe School is an independent, PreK-3 through 8th-grade school providing the highest standards of education in the Sierras.