Christian Blogger Caught on Grindr: I Wasn’t Looking For Sex
Matthew Moore, the 24-year-old "ex-gay" evangelical Christian blogger, made headlines earlier this year when he was caught cruising the gay hookup app Grindr. In a new interview, he claims he wasn’t looking to have sex, but was seeking out men in New Orleans to take him to gay bars.
"Basically I just wanted to see who was on it and who was around me," Moore, a blogger for the Christian Post who wrote that homosexuality is a sin, told Michelangelo Signorile on his SiriusXM radio program. "I can honestly say that I didn’t have any kind of sexual conversations with anyone. Anyone who sent me any kind of explicit photos or conversations, I blocked immediately," he continued.
"The first time I got on it, I wanted to go out and I wanted to go to the gay bars in New Orleans. So I was trying to meet someone on there to basically tag along with. That was the reason I was originally on it."
Moore said he wasn’t able to meet anyone after blogger Zinnia Jones exposed him by posting screenshots of his Grindr profile and links to his controversial blog posts. Though he has been labeled as an "ex-gay," he denies being involved with the movement and says doesn’t not support reparative therapy, which some believe can turn gay men and women straight.
"I want to clarify some things," he said. "I think the way the articles were written, they’re based on the assumption that when I became a Christian, I became straight and that I did not have homosexual feelings anymore and that my presence on Grindr was pointing out that I basically lied. I had never, ever said any of those things."
Even though Moore refutes his "ex-gay" title, the young man wrote a lengthy piece for the Christian Post last year, called "My Story: Homosexuality, Drunkenness, Grace and Redemption." In it, he writes how Christianity has helped him in his struggle to leave his gay lifestyle.