There’s a lot of scientific evidence that those who are the most homophobic may be hiding something. There are a lot of anecdotal stories of anti-gay politicians being caught with less than familial values.
Voters for North Dakota State Rep. Randy Boehning (yes, the name is unfortunate) should be shocked. They voted for a gay hater and instead they elected a self-hating gay, who was caught sending naked photos to another man on Grindr, the gay hookup site.
Boehning, it turns out, was not very smart in choosing who to send pictures of his junk to. The man, 21-year-old Dustin Smith, recognized the politician as being anti-gay, so he did what any political activist would do: he outed him.
The exchange came to light when Dustin Smith, a 21-year-old Bismarck man with no known connections to the Capitol, contacted The Forum 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 isn’t denying it, but he is saying that the scandal is political payback for his anti-marriage equality votes.
But on Saturday he confirmed he was Top Man! and said he doesn’t think sending a graphic photo of himself to a stranger is a lapse in judgment, as Grindr is an adult site where users often exchange such images.
“That’s what gay guys do on gay sites, don’t they?” Boehning said. “That’s how things happen on Grindr. It’s a gay chat site. It’s not the first thing you do on that site. That’s what we do, exchange pics on the site.”
Perhaps most surprising is that despite his voting record, Boehning is not exactly in the closet. He’s not married and while it’s not public knowledge, he says several people already knew he was gay.
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