Grindr’s new CEO called for backing anti-trans politician

Shift founder George Arison has been named the new CEO of Grindr. (Getty)

Grindr’s new CEO has been called out for publicly showing support for an anti-trans politician.

George Arison was announced as the dating app’s new CEO in September 2022, with his role due to take effect on October 19.

But his arrival has now come under intense scrutiny on social media by the LGBTQ+ community after tweets resurfaced showing support for Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, who spoke out against LGBTQ+ rights during of its 2021 race.

In the tweet, dated Feb. 24, Arison said Youngkin “should totally run for president.”

Since Youngkin took office in January 2022, he has tried to roll back protections for trans children by issuing model policies intended to defer almost all rights for trans students to their parents.

Youngkin has also said he is against same-sex marriage. When asked if he supports marriage equality in an interview with Associated press he replied “no”, but that it is “legally acceptable”.

A response to Arison’s comment reads, “This is messed up.

Another wonders how a man who “openly supports homophobes for office and their homophobic policies” can become the CEO of a gay dating app.

In 2020, new Grindr boss Arison also tweeted to say he supports “some” of former President Donald Trump’s policies – but didn’t specify which.

This was in response to former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was once accused of homophobia on social media.

He also wrote to say he viewed Trump as “everything our founders feared most.”

Activist Diana Adams urged Grindr users to remove the app, asking if users “feel safe sharing personal data on this app with someone who obviously doesn’t care much about LGBTQ/gender rights. sexual freedom?

NARAL Pro-Choice America publicist Riley Lopez responded:Could it finally be time for queer people to reject the toxic and exploitative Grindr, now that the company’s new CEO is a pro-Trump conservative?

The concern over Arison’s endorsement of Bloomberg follows criticism from the former New York mayor for “homophobic” tweets indicating that Bernie Sanders has a crush on Vladimir Putin.

At a business conference in Manhattan in 2019, Bloomberg described trans people as “he, she, or that” and said “a guy in a dress” who walks into the girls’ locker room as he claimed that trans people trans rights were “not a winning formula” for Democrats.

According to Grindr, Arison is one of the “few openly gay public company CEOs in the United States.”

“George is a gay man, proudly married to his husband and father of two children. George is passionate about fighting for the rights and freedoms of LGBTQ people around the world,” a Grindr spokesperson said. PinkNews.

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