After Sending Penis Pics on Grindr, Anti-Gay Politician Comes Out as Bi

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c781ba8f970bRepublican State Representative Randy Boehning from North Dakota was caught over the weekend sending unsolicited pictures of his private parts to a 21-year-old on Grindr.

The unmarried 52-year-old representative, who has a long history of supporting anti-gay legislation in the state—and is against gay marriage—was outed. Outed as what though?

In his defense, Boehning said, “That’s what gay guys do on gay sites, don’t they? That’s how things happen on Grindr. It’s a gay chat site. That’s what we do, exchange pics on the site.”

Then, he later said that he still likes women, too.

“The 1,000-pound gorilla has been lifted,” he told the Fargo Forum, which broke the story over the weekend. “I have to confront it at some point.”

Although the politician himself didn’t use the B-word to describe his sexuality, both the very liberal TowleRoad.com website and the ultra-conservative Right Wing Watch.org both called Boehning “bisexual.”

Boehning admitted he was “TopMan!” He admitted sending the photo to Dustin Smith, who gave an interview about the incident. The two had been communicating over the Grindr app for more than a year, and things got more explicit. Then, Smith was sent the explicit penis photo, and was also told of Boehning’s identity. Smith said he recognized the man as one of the legislators who just voted against a statewide anti-discrimination bill on April 2nd.

Smith texted: “How can you discriminate against the person you’re trying to pick up?”

The 12-year veteran of state politics made no excuses for sending the photo, and said he would cast his votes the same as he had previously. He voted against similar bills in 2009 and 2013.

Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]