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The Human Rights Campaign used Grindr to send a message to closeted Republicans

Meka Beresford February 26, 2017
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The Human Rights Campaign in America have released an advert on Grindr in anticipation to a Republican conference.

The human rights group funded a geo-specific advert to be hosted on the gay dating app in Maryland, where the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is currently being held.

CPAC is notorious for bringing Republicans together and promoting anti-LGBT views.

A number of gay Trump supporters who are in the closet also go to the event, so HRC took aim with the ad ad those who are having secret gay hook-ups, but promote anti-gay rhetoric in the public sphere.

The ad reads: “You can’t be WITH US in the hotel room and AGAINST US in the CPAC ballroom”.

The conference was set to host far-right figurehead Milo Yiannopoulos, but he was dropped from CPAC after tapes that appeared to show him defending peadophillia surfaced online.

The tapes also led to his book deal being dropped, as well as his resignation from his senior editor position at Breitbart.

He was due to speak at the conference which will be attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Trump advisor Steve Bannon, White House chief Reince Priebus and Senator Ted Cruz, among others.

CPAC organisers confirmed that he had been dropped in wake of the controversy.

A statement confirmed: “Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation of Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“We continue to believe that CPAC is a constructive forum for controversies and disagreements among conservatives, however there is no disagreement among attendees on the evils of sexual abuse of children.”

The conference came under fire two years ago after reporter Paul Detrick used the app to speak to other gay men.

Detrick found that users said they were uncomfortable with coming out, but still supported the CPAC cause despite the conference doing everything “they can to push out gays officially”.

Related topics: America, CPAC, Grindr, hrc, LGBT, Politics, Republican, US, US

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