Two million users have downloaded the app worldwide, and Grindr founder Joel Simkhai estimates that 500,000 people use it daily — some for casual encounters, others looking to chat, a few searching for Mr. Right. It’s a GPS-based program, which allows users to not only find men through the app, but find the ones closest to their current location.
Down in Puerto Rico, Senator Roberto Arango has been doing just that. The only problem? He’s yet another in a long line of political closet cases: The vice-chairman of George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign in Puerto Rico voted in favor of Resolution 99, which would have amended Puerto Rico’s constitution to ban the recognition of same-sex marriages. That resolution didn’t pass, despite his vote. He’s also been opposed to bills that would ensure for civil unions, and he’s even made gay slurs to make fun of his opponents.
Puerto Rican TV show Dando Candela discovered the Grindr profile and aired the above picture on Friday. Arango didn’t confirm nor deny that he was the man in the photo: “You know I’ve been losing weight. As I shed that weight, I’ve been taking pictures. I don’t remember taking this particular picture but I’m not gonna say I didn’t take it. I’d tell you if I remembered taking the picture but I don’t.”
Well, senator, do you remember taking this, um, invitation?
Arango resigned on Sunday in the wake of the budding scandal, sending a resignation letter to the Senate president. The letter was not released to the public, but surely Arango wrote about how he felt the need to spend more time with the family he’ll never have because of his own efforts.
It’s one thing for people to not be comfortable in their own skin. That’s understandable. But for them to actively take that shame out on others like them is a sad and unfortunate piece of lunacy.
Hopefully getting caught on Grindr is the best thing that happens to the former senator. Maybe now he’ll choose to live openly and work tirelessly on behalf of people just trying to live normal lives.