Grindr comms exec quits after same-sex marriage controversy


The head of communications for Grindr has quit following a controversy surrounding online comments made by the company president regarding same-sex marriage.

Landon Rafe Zumwalt announced he was leaving the company on Tuesday (11 December), NBC News reports.

Writing on Medium, Zumwalt heavily implied that his decision to resign from the LGBTI dating app was influenced due to recent online comments from Grindr’s president Scott Chen on the issue of same-sex marriage.

‘As an out and proud gay man madly in love with a man I don’t deserve, I refused to compromise my own values or professional integrity to defend a statement that goes against everything I am and everything I believe,’ said Zumwalt.

‘While that resulted in my time at Grindr being cut short, I have absolutely no regrets,’ he added.

Earlier this month, Grindr’s president courted controversy surrounding Facebooks comments discussing same-sex marriage.

‘Some think marriage is between a man and a woman. I think so, too, but it’s a personal matter […] Some people think the purpose of marriage is to have your own biological children. It’s a personal matter, too,’ Chen wrote in a post from 26 November.

His posts caused an online backlash after many people interpreted the comments as an opposition to same-sex marriage.

‘I support gay marriage’

Following an outcry online, Chen soon posted follow up comments saying his initial posts had been misinterpreted and that he is pro-same-sex marriage.

‘On November 26, I wrote a post on my personal Facebook account meant to condemn those advocating against same-sex marriage in Taiwan,’ Chen wrote.

‘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.’

‘I am an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and have been since I was young. I support gay marriage and I am proud that I can work for Grindr. I apologize that my words did not clearly convey these feelings.’

Chen has been the head of Grindr since 2017, following the app’s acquisition by Chinese gaming group, Kunlun.

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