Graphic Grindr Photos Lead Anti-Gay Puerto Rican Senator to Resign

Media outlets have been busy covering the story of a Puerto Rico lawmaker, Sen. Roberto Arango, who resigned after it was disclosed that graphic photos allegedly of him (and taken by him) were posted on the site Grindr. The former senator neither confirmed nor denied that the photos were of him.

Roberto Arango

Arango is a Republican who represents the capital of San Juan for the island’s governing party. “I really don’t remember having taken those pictures of myself, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t take them,” he told WAPA TV in Puerto Rico. “I really don’t remember.”

Pedro Julio Serrano founder of the LGBT advocacy group Puerto Rico for Everyone and communications manager at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said Arango voted in favor of Resolution 99, which would have blocked marriage for gay and lesbian couples in Puerto Rico. Arango also helped block a measure to ban sexual discrimination in the workplace and opposed adoption for gay and lesbian parents.

“This isn’t a moment to kick someone when he’s down, but I have to denounce Sen. Roberto Arango’s complicity with a fundamentalist agenda that promotes the exclusion and marginalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,” Serrano has said in interviews.

Overall, coverage has been fair and accurate. Several stories have appeared in Puerto Rico’s leading dailies El Nuevo Día and Primer Hora. It’s also been written about in Blabbeando, El Diario, El Nuevo Herald and everywhere from Daily Mail in England to The View.