Grindr Exec Quits Over President's Gay Marriage Remarks

Monday December 10, 2018

The head of Grindr's communications announced he has resigned following remarks the gay dating app's president made about marriage equality, Newsweek reports.

Landon Race Zumwalt, who is gay, took to Medium to reveal he's left the company, saying that he stepped down from his position following the remarks Grindr's president Scott Chen made about gay 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," Zumwalt wrote. "While that resulted in my time at Grindr being cut short, I have absolutely no regrets. And neither should you."

Chen came under fire after INTO, Grindr's online publication, reported that he did not support gay marriage, citing a Facebook post he made. INTO also published screenshots of the post.

"Some people think the marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman, and I think so too. But that's your own business," he wrote. "Some people think the purpose of the marriage is to have a child carries your own DNA. But again, this is your own business."

The story was even picked by The New York Times.

Chen said he was never asked by INTO for a comment, though the publication says it did. In a comment, Chen said he is a "huge advocate for LGBTQ+ rights since I was young," adding that he supports gay marriage and that he's "proud that I work for Grindr."

Nevertheless, Chen's response did not satisfy Zumwalt.

"It has been a privilege to come to work every day to fight for our community. I am—and will continue to be—immensely proud of the work we were allowed to do during my time at Grindr," he wrote in his Medium piece. "I will never forget the heart-tugging messages, emails and more that we received from the queer community as a result of our Kindr initiative. Nor will I forget being a witness firsthand to the amazing activism work Grindr for Equality is doing globally or working alongside the award-winning reporting team at INTO."

He finished his piece by asking Grindr's employees to persist and "make your voices heard."

A spokesperson for Grindr confirmed to Out magazine that Zumwalt resigned.

"As Landen shared in his Medium post, he has resigned from his position at Grindr," they said. "We wish him the best in his future endeavors and appreciate his contributions to the company and the Grindr community."

Click here to read Zumwalt's full piece.

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