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Hypocrite Lost Local Election

— November 10, 2015

The GOP is standing, um, behind a local Indiana man who recently lost a bid for a seat on the Goshen city council. Brent Randall, the staunchly anti-LGBTQ Republican, had an active profile on, a site that bills itself as “The World’s Largest Gay Hookup Site.” Gotta love hypocrisy!

I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning (or afternoon), especially when it comes from someone who spends his days trying to trample my rights. Double that when said someone is running for public office, like Brent Randall. Dear Mr. Randall has a record of being strongly anti-LGBTQ. Well, when he ran for a spot on Goshen, Indiana’s city council, someone popped the hinges on Mr. Randall’s closet door and the hypocrite lost local election.

Mr. Randall, age 53, is an anti-LGBTQ Republican businessman who moonlights as an announcer for local high school football games. He was previously married for twenty years, but divorced several years ago. Someone who didn’t take too kindly to Mr. Randall’s anti-LGBTQ rhetoric exposed his profile on, a self-described as “The World’s Largest Gay Hookup Site.”

For those of you unfamiliar with what that means, allow me to clarify. Brent Randall has a profile on a website specifically designed to facilitate connecting like-minded men for:

  1. Dating purposes, or
  2. Hookups, i.e., no strings attached sex

Lest anyone call me a prude, I am not moralizing. What happens between two (or more) consenting adults is none of my business. At least not until one of them advocates to preserve the often-discriminatory state of the law as it pertains to LGBTQ individuals, such as dear Mr. Randall.

Case in point. Here, Mr. Randall fields a question that arose after his hypocrisy was made public:

“I don’t even know if I consider myself bisexual or not. I just experimented a little since I was single again.”

His definition of “a little” covers the six-year period following his divorce, not a quick grope in an airport men’s room. When asked about giving LGBTQ citizens equal rights under the law (it’s currently legal to discriminate in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation), this sterling example of right-wing morality said:

“I don’t know why they feel they need special protections when there are other categories that might need protections. My little experimentation over the last six years hasn’t changed my view on that.”

In fact, he believes that the law already protects us. I guess when you live in a fantasy world you can make up your own rules.

Surprisingly, his fellow GOP’ers offered their support, as did his Democratic opponent. They all hoped that the truth wouldn’t hurt Mr. Randall’s chance for election. It did and he lost to Democrat Adam Scharf (the irony of his opponent’s name is not lost on me, I just don’t have enough room for all the comments I could make).

In gratitude for their support, the no-longer-closeted Randall took to Twitter:

Hypocrite Tweet

Now that the truth is out, I wonder if Mr. Randall will have a change of heart regarding equal protection under the law for his fellow LGBTQ brothers and sisters. I guess we won’t know until he tries to book a hotel room, buy a new home or find a new job in conservative Indiana. Or, when the local high school decides they don’t want him announcing football games…


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