UPDATE: In a statement sent to OUT, a Grindr spokesperson confirmed that Landon Rafe Zumwalt, the company's former head of communications, has resigned. "“As Landen shared in his Medium post, he has resigned from his position at Grindr," they wrote in a statement. "We wish him the best in his future endeavors and appreciate his contributions to the company and the Grindr community.”
ORIGINAL: Grindr’s head of communications Landon Rafe Zumwalt announced that he is no longer with the company in an open letter published to Medium today.
"As an out and proud gay man madly in love with a man I don't deserve, I refused to compromise my own values or professional integrity to defend a statement that goes against everything I am and everything I believe," he wrote in the letter which was coupled with a photo of Grindr's staff. "While that resulted in my time at Grindr being cut short, I have absolutely no regrets. And neither should you."
While Zumwalt does not expressly define what statement he refers to in his letter — he denied OUT’s request for further comment— last week, INTO published screenshots of Facebook posts by Grindr President Scott Chen stating that he believed marriage is a "holy matrimony between a man and a woman." The president would later criticize the publication for "unbalanced and misleading" reporting, questioning why the reporter had not reached out to him before publishing.
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"It has been a privilege to come to work every day to fight for our community," Zumwalt continued in his letter. "I am—and will continue to be—immensely proud of the work we were allowed to do during my time at Grindr."
"For those who remain, those who will continue to fight for our community from within, know I will be cheering you on from the sidelines," he wrote. "Persist. Make your voices heard. And never compromise who you are for someone else."
This was not the only scandal that the Chinese-owned company found it self in recently. Following the release of Ariana Grande's "thank u, next," INTO published an article that was criticized widely. After a full retraction, the publication’s editor-in-chief Zach Stafford issued an apology.
“Moving forward, I am working with the entire INTO team to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again,” he wrote. “I will be making some internal editorial changes that will be announced soon.”
This original story has been updated to reflect Grindr's statement.