Dutch politicians turn to Grindr to drum up gay support

Two gay and bisexual candidates with Holland’s D66 party have turned to Grindr to seek the support of the LGBTI community in municipal elections later this month

Dutch politicians turn to Grindr to drum up gay support
06 March 2014

Two candidates for Holland’s D66 party have found an innovative way to seek the votes of the LGBTI community – setting up profiles on gay dating app Grindr to reach out to gay voters.

Candidates Jan-Bert Vroege and Pieter Rietman set up their profiles ahead of municipal elections that are being held on 19 March.

Vroege’s Grindr profile asks ‘Have I got a date with you on March 19?’ – though he is happily partnered in a same-sex relationship.

Rietman, who is openly bisexual and the frontrunner in the polls in Amsterdam, told the NL Times that the app had been useful in recruiting LGBTIs for D66 events.

‘Next Sunday evening, the D66 is having a meeting about being LGBT in Amsterdam West,’ Rietman said.

‘Via Grindr, we’ve already invited dozens of people. We also use the somewhat more conventional communication methods, of course.’

Vroege said D66’s pitch to gay voters was to ensure acceptance of LGBTI people was taught at all levels of schooling.

‘D66 wants mandatory information about sexual diversity in all primary and high schools,’ Vroege said.

‘Every school also has to actively take a stand against discrimination and bullying of LGBT-teachers and pupils.’

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