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Michigan Church Leader's Anti-Gay Hypocrisy Exposed After Grindr Profile Surfaces

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A married, anti-gay reverend found his hypocrisy exposed after his Grindr profile surfaced and was subsequently spread across the internet reports Salon. Matthew Makela, reverend of St. John's Lutheran Church and father of five, wrote a letter to Midland Daily News in November saying gay people need help:

"We don’t tell a person born with tendencies to abuse alcohol to keep on giving in to his innate desires because he can’t help it. We try to help him in his struggle."

However, a source submitted screenshots to Queerty confirming that Makela has a profile on Grindr and sent shirtless pictures. Makela's profile information indicated that he wasn't just online for some friendly banter:

"I love making out naked, oral and massage. And I top. Also love to cuddle." 

Makela resigned from his position with the church last Sunday. The senior pastor of the Midland, Mich. church, Reverend Daniel Kempin, posted a statement regarding Makela’s indiscretion on the church's website, urging followers to "be patient and trust God," when confronted with the "details of the sin," in media.

In related news, a Michigan mother who used to be a parishioner of the church has come forward revealing that Makela nearly drover her gay son to suicide because of the church leader's outspoken anti-gay preaching. 

(Photo via Queerty/Grindr)


North Dakota GOP House Leader Stands Behind Grindr User and Bisexual Lawmaker Randy Boehning

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Rep. Al Carlson (below, right), the Republican House leader in North Dakota, is standing behind Randy Boehning, the GOP Representative who was outed after a Bismarck man contacted a local newspaper and said he had received d--k pics of the lawmaker on the gay hook-up app Grindr.

CarlsonCarlson told the Forum News Service:

“This is news to most of us, and what Randy does in his private life is his own business and he’s a good legislator. And we will defend the work that he’s done as a legislator for his district because he’s done a good job.”

As for the d--k pics, Carlson says he doesn't get it and would never do such a thing himself:

“I’ll never understand it. No matter how long I live, I’ll never understand that kind of things going on, but that’s a – he did it. Did it affect the way he does his job? I don’t believe that it did. Again, it’s his private life. Would I have done it? Absolutely not."

Boehning had alleged that he had been threatened with being outed by a fellow lawmaker. Carlson says they'll investigate:

“So as far as what we can do, there’s not a whole lot we can do. I have not talked to Randy. When he gets back, I’ll talk to him about the circumstances and see if there’s anything legislatively that we need to address, because that policy will not exist, where somebody blackmails somebody else for a vote in this place. You shouldn’t have someone trying to wreck your personal life because of some vote that they want you to take.”

Boehning, who said after being outed that he is bisexual, voted against a recent North Dakota bill that would have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Carlson also voted down the bill.


Anti-Gay North Dakota Lawmaker Caught Sending Nude Pics to Another Man on Grindr

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State Rep. Randy Boehning, a North Dakota lawmaker who voted against bills protecting gay people from discrimination, was caught exchanging photos of his junk to another man on Grindr, the Grand Forks Herald reports:

GrindrBoehning refused to identify at this point who he believes is behind the purported political payback for his vote against Senate Bill 2279, the third such bill defeated in the past six years by North Dakota legislators.

The exchange came to light when Dustin Smith, a 21-year-old Bismarck man with no known connections to the Capitol, contacted The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead earlier this month, saying he recognized Boehning from a gay dating smartphone app called Grindr. Chatting under the user name Top Man!, Boehning sent Smith sexually suggestive messages and, in the early morning hours of March 12, an unsolicited photo of his penis, according to exchanges reviewed by The Forum.

"How can you discriminate against the person you're trying to pick up?" Smith said in a recent interview.

Boehning has confirmed he is "Top Man!" and that he is bisexual.

He also said that his family members and friends had not previously known that information but he is relieved that "the 1,000-pound gorilla has been lifted."

Boehing will now be forced to do his boning publicly.


'Grindr: The Opera' Is In The Works

Grindr has sparked off many impassioned rants, dramatic readings, and thought pieces in its day, but for the first time ever the controversial app has inspired someone to build out an entire opera around it.

New-Grindr-Preview_CascadeErik Ransom, Rachel Klein, and Charles Czarnecki are currently workshopping a rock-opera about the gay social network Grindr, and exploring different ways of bringing the show to a theater. Ransom and Klein began batting around the idea of a show about gay online dating years ago long before Grindr was a thing and Manhunt reigned supreme.

“I went on to see what it was about, and I saw some of the profiles, some of which were very bleak and desperate,” Ransom recounted to The Guardian. “[I] just thought, “there’s something very operatic about this.”

In the years since the team first began crafting a narrative around online social networks, their plot has changed to keep pace with the ways that gay men use digital spaces. Manhunt still gets an honorable mention, but the show’s lead characters are now based on Grindr’s different “tribes.” Though loosely based on gay archetypes, Klein explained, the opera’s characters are more than just two dimensional stereotypes. 

“It has pathos, a story and clearly drawn layered characters,” she said. “But that’s not something you think of when you think of Grindr. Because that gives you only the one-sentence description. And this articulates why they choose what they say.” 

The opera’s still in its early developmental stage where it’s more a collection of table reads and songs than a full-on show, but the team envisions ultimately bringing the show to market in a way that reflects its subject matter.

Shows like Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Kinky Boots, and the Book of Mormon have proven that there’s an audience for queerer and more subversive stories on Broadway. But Ransom is open to the idea of seeing the show launched in more experimental venues and promoted in more innovative ways than posters and playbills.

“I imagine one day, when the show is running, instead of programs we’ll just have Grindr accounts with the actor’s bios,” he mused.


Gay Couples Offer Dramatic Readings of Grindr Messages: VIDEO

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Reading Grindr messages seems to be an endless form of entertainment. Especially for moms, as we saw yesterday.

YouTube couples RJ and Will, and Trent and Luke along with other gay YouTube personalities sat down for a riveting read of the lewd, and often hilarious, messages men send to each other on Grindr.

The messages they read run the gamut of everything from one user telling another user that they must ask their mother for permission to have sex first, to one user describing how his time spent in jail with tough men led him to "switch sides."

You can watch the group read the painful, yet humorous, Grindr messages AFTER THE JUMP

And if you missed Part 1, it's HERE.

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Mom Reads Gay Son's Grindr Messages and Has a Few Things to Say About Them: VIDEO

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So what does mom think of the Grindr messages that have rolled in overnight on her gay son's Grindr account? Turns out, she's pretty cool about it, and has a few opinions about all of them.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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