February 3, 2016 at 1:28 pm EDT | by Staff reports
GOP lawmaker in Va. caught on Grindr
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An LGBT newspaper in Richmond claims a Republican lawmaker with an anti-gay voting record was caught cruising Grindr last week.

RICHMOND, Va. — An LGBT newspaper in Virginia on Jan. 26 published an open letter to a Republican lawmaker who appeared to use Grindr.

Brad Kutner, editor of GayRVA, described the legislator who was using the gay hook-up app as a “GOP lawmaker” from SouthwesternVirginia.

GayRVA did not identify the lawmaker by name, but the Richmond-based publication did publish a screen capture of the Grindr exchange that includes a picture of his bare torso.

The open letter notes the lawmaker voted for a so-called “conscience clause” bill that allows private adoption and foster care agencies to reject prospective parents based on their religious and moral beliefs. It also highlights the Republican’s vote against gay Richmond Circuit Court Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland’s appointment.

“As long as you continue to support discrimination against your own people, you won’t be getting laid in this town and besides, maybe someone else will recognize you,” wrote Kutner in the open letter.

The Washington Blade’s attempts to confirm reports of the lawmaker’s identity have thus far been unsuccessful.

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