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Anti-Gay Puerto Rican GOP Senator Who Resigned Over Grindr Photos Comes Out of the Closet: VIDEO


Roberto Arango, a Puerto Rican Senator who vice chaired Bush's 2004 campaign there and cast several anti-gay votes before resigning in 2011 after revealing Grindr photos of him surfaced, has come out of the closet publicly in a radio interview with Noti UNO, Blabbeando reports:

2_arangoInitially Arango denied he was the man in the photos and then he acknowledged some of the photos were his but alleged he had taken them to document his weight-loss under a new diet but he never admitted whether the photos came from a personal profile on the popular gay men's hook up app or whether he was gay.

The news became tabloid fodder in the United States and Arango is still listed on several lists of the top sexual scandals to hit any politician but behind the scandal also laid the past of a man who had previously voted to deny rights to the LGBT community in Puerto Rico and sided with some of the most conservative factions in the island.

In 2004 he mocked a San Juan mayoral candidate during a political rally by implying he was gay and holding a plastic duck and making quacking noises when speaking against him ("pato" or duck in Spanish is a word often used as a slur against gays in Puerto Rico).

Arango also led failed efforts to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage or any other union that was not between a man and woman.

Watch his interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. He sounds like a a-hole

    Posted by: Ready | Mar 7, 2014 3:02:48 PM

  2. So is he a "top" ?? Or was he lying about that too?

    Posted by: Retro | Mar 7, 2014 3:02:54 PM

  3. I AM SHOCKED, SHOCKED, that a GOP homophobic bigot was a closeted sex-starved homosexual!

    Posted by: Mags | Mar 7, 2014 3:04:07 PM

  4. F**k off back into the closet.

    Posted by: Bollox | Mar 7, 2014 3:06:36 PM

  5. I love when these grown-adult cowards are dragged kicking and screaming from the closet. you cowardly sack of s**t.

    for years this coward worked to make life harder for people, all to serve his own disguise.

    get ready for a world of shame. you deserve it.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 7, 2014 3:06:42 PM

  6. Again proving that those who protest too damn much are the biggest closet cases.

    Posted by: Albert | Mar 7, 2014 3:08:30 PM

  7. As far as I'm concerned this is the only type person who DESERVES to be outed. And again it could not have happened to a more deserving pato.

    Posted by: steven | Mar 7, 2014 3:09:39 PM

  8. Seriously....a right wing, self hating hypocrite. Surprise.

    Posted by: Willbesurfing | Mar 7, 2014 3:12:24 PM

  9. Time for him to eat crow and then get his s**t together.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 7, 2014 3:15:35 PM

  10. It's self hating gays like this that have KILLED gay people.

    Posted by: Leb | Mar 7, 2014 3:15:38 PM

  11. The blood of many LGBT youth is on his hands and closeted gays who target gay people while using gays for sex.

    Posted by: Mikey | Mar 7, 2014 3:16:07 PM

  12. Any gay man who sleeps with him in the future is a self hating tool. This monster actively aimed to make the lives of LGBT miserable while taking part in gay sex. Burn mother effer. Burn!

    Posted by: VA505 | Mar 7, 2014 3:17:03 PM

  13. This comment may get me in trouble, but it shouldn't. I'm latino (Puerto rican to be exact) and witness a lot of gay latino men being on the fence with their sexuality, and even upon coming out, going out of their way to not make being gay part of anything in their life, even if it means aligning heavily with the catholic church, being conservative leaning or constantly belittling the gay community. It's sad to observe because they feel entitled to because they are out, but coming out doesn't mean you get to still harbor the same resentment you previously had for the gay community, except now you get to use gay man for sex.

    It's this struggle within our heavily catholic often conservative family oriented community where gay latinos see the huge families our hetero relatives have and in our desire to want that, we shame a lot of the gay community that isn't religious, or wanting the white picket fence family. Then there's the issue with machismo. "DL" or "str8 acting" get dropped as badge of honor on every latin gay dating site I visit. I hope one day all latino LGBT can accept being LGBT as much as we do our beautiful latin heritage.

    Posted by: Antonio M. | Mar 7, 2014 3:23:10 PM

  14. I really want statehood for Puerto Rico, but you know they're going to send us a pair of Senators just like this guy when they do :(

    Posted by: Pablo | Mar 7, 2014 3:23:15 PM

  15. @ Antonio M.
    Don't feel bad for what you wrote. As a Mexican lesbian, I agree with it and actually observe it all the time within our chicano lgbt walls. It's through honest discussion we can help more chicano lgbt embrace self acceptance as opposed to the Catholicism conservatism that often enslaves them.

    Posted by: Sandra- Tustin | Mar 7, 2014 3:25:45 PM

  16. Interesting perspective, Antonio. Thanks for sharing it.

    Posted by: Two Dads | Mar 7, 2014 3:26:16 PM

  17. A lot of Latinos today are Protestant evangelicals today, particularly in Central and South America. The Pentecostal Church is growing by leaps and bounds in Latin America.

    Posted by: Javier | Mar 7, 2014 3:32:59 PM

  18. It's really sad when you hate yourself that much.
    I would feel pity for him if he wasn't screwing other people's lives

    Posted by: jjose712 | Mar 7, 2014 3:35:47 PM

  19. The most vocal anti-gay haters are usually self-hating closet cases. I hope he rights some of his monumental wrongs. This situation should not be all about him, which is what it seems like it is. There are real victims in his past warpath against gays. He still has more "coming out" to do.

    Posted by: Canny | Mar 7, 2014 3:44:57 PM

  20. @Pablo - That's the main reason why I don't want Puerto Rico in the USA any longer. Two additional right wing senators in the U.S. Senate could lead to too many close votes going the wrong way.

    Posted by: Lexis | Mar 7, 2014 3:45:20 PM

  21. A homo who is homophobic?
    Oh well, it's not new, really.
    But good for him he comes out before it gets worse.

    Posted by: AlainSojourner | Mar 7, 2014 3:48:51 PM

  22. And on top of that...

    I'm a power-bottom.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Mar 7, 2014 4:01:43 PM

  23. I get the reasons why some latinos may be closeted, but understanding their dementia does not excuse them form the things they have don and continue to do.

    Every single closeted person that makes fun of, demeans, or otherwise vilifies out gays and lesbians to protect their own sick, twisted lie of a life should be shunned and NEVER accepted by the community.

    I know many think that we should embrace these grotesque creatures when they finally come to realize the error of their ways. I don;t. They need to spend the remainder of their lives working to atone for their egregious behavior, and pray that there is a god to forgive them, because I sure as hell never will.

    Posted by: DC Insider | Mar 7, 2014 4:22:18 PM

  24. I wanna see an ass shot.

    Posted by: Perry | Mar 7, 2014 4:29:07 PM

  25. It's rather simple: not ready to come out? have the integrity to pose as "a straight person who isn't anti-gay".

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 7, 2014 4:37:13 PM

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