Anti-gay pastor discovered on Grindr
Reverend Matthew Makela has resigned from his church in Midland, Michigan after being found on the gay hook-up app.
He had previously expressed anti-gay and anti-trans sentiments online – such as describing the trans rights movement as “aiding opportunistic sickos”.
He also once posted in the comments of an anti-gay article: “I love people who have same sex attraction, and so does God. The proof is in the sacrifice He made for all of us.
“We don’t tell a person born with tendencies to abuse alcohol to keep on giving in to his innate desires because he can’t help it. We try to help him in his struggle.”
However, according to Queerty, he sent messages on Grindr that said things such as: “I love to make out naked” “And I top” and “I would love to mess around with a bicurious guy.”
Reverend Makela has confirmed that the Grindr profile is his, and has quit his role at St John’s Lutheran church. His profile no longer appears on their staff page.
Republican anti-gay politician Randy Boehning was also recently outed when his activity on Grindr was made public.
Shortly before the general election, a man polled his fellow Grindr users about their voting intentions.