Randy Boehning, Republican in the state of North Dakota has come out as a bisexual after his nude photos leaked from a gay app called Grindr. He voted against a law that would extend the housing, workplace and other rights to LGBT residents of North Dakota. He revealed to the media that he was into both men and women. Media reported two weeks earlier that the lawmaker used Grindr.
"The 1,000-pound gorilla has been lifted," he told the media, confirming that he had used Grindr to meet men. "I have to confront it at some point." According to 21-year-old Dustin Smith, who exposed him to the media, Boehning had been sending him explicit photos through the app. Smith said he just felt like the story had to get out, asking the lawmaker beforehand why didn't he mind the hypocrisy.
“This has been a challenge for me,” Boehning said in an interview. “You don’t tell everyone you’re going to vote one way and then switch your vote another way -- you don’t have any credibility that way.” This was his comment on the fact that he voted in favor of LGBT discrimination. He argued that he had to vote against the bill because his constituents would not otherwise support him.
His office had no immediate response to the state of affairs.
Boehning is not the first politician that was revealed to had been using Grindr. Senator Robert Arango, who was a loud critic of gay rights and gay marriage, posted nude photos of himself on Grindr and resigned afterwards.