Grindr, and its LGBTI-focused publication INTO, are making headlines after an article claimed Grindr president Scott Chen does not support same-sex marriage.
INTO tweeted an article on Thursday (29 November), writing Chen ‘does not support same-sex marriage, according to deleted social post’.
In the original article, Mathew Rodriguez wrote that, according to Grindr sources, Chen made a ‘comment on his personal Facebook page saying that he believed that marriage was only meant to be between a man and a woman’.
On Facebook, Chen reportedly shared an article about Cher Wang, the president and CEO of HTC. The article stated Wang’s various non-profits supported US anti-LGBTI groups aiming to influence Taiwan’s referendum on same-sex marriage.
In his post, Chen said he would not ‘buy HTC products for a lifetime’ or ‘donate money to Taiwan’s Christian groups’. He also criticized spending money to ‘stop people in love from getting married’.
At the start, though, he made a comment agreeing with the idea that ‘marriage is a holy combination of a male and woman’.
Rodriguez wrote an independent translator also translated Chen’s comments for INTO.
According to Chen, the original article is ‘unbalanced and misleading’.
Chen made a comment on the article, deriding Rodriguez for failing to reach out to him for comment before publishing the story. He also wrote the article ‘hurts my feelings and it also hurts INTO’s and Grindr’s reputations’.
Journalist Ken Schwenke captured the responding comment.
Chen first translated his own original Chinese comment. He then addressed the comment about marriage between a man and a woman, writing it was ‘based on my own personal experience’.
Chen acknowledged, however, marriage is personal for everyone.
He further wrote that he took down the original post because the comments involved his aunt.
‘I am a huge advocate for LGBTQ+ rights since I was young,’ he concluded. ‘I support gay marriage and I am proud that I can work for Grindr.’
Schwenke also screenshotted Chen replying to someone, once more explictly saying he supports same-sex marriage.
INTO updated the original article, with an internal note Chen sent to the Grindr team.
‘The words I chose related to marriage between a man and a woman were meant to express my personal feelings about my own marriage to my wife – not to suggest that I am opposed to marriage equality,’ he clarified again in the note.
He also apologized his words ‘did not clearly convey’ his support for gay marriage and LGBTQ+ rights.
GSN reached out to Grindr for further comment.