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Time to Cancel Manhunt Memberships and Delete Profiles

Posted by libhom Sunday, August 17, 2008

Hat tip to Coffee House Studio.

From the Boston Herald 8/16/08:

A simple $2,300 donation to presumptive Republican nominee John McCain from a founder of a local gay hookup Web site has gays and politicos alike recoiling from the eyebrow-raising alliance.

Jonathan Crutchley, co-creator of the Cambridge-based Manhunt.net, stepped down as chairman of the company yesterday after a whirlwind of events that began with his maximum allowable donation to McCain.

“Politically, it was just off-base, with the whole feeling over here at Manhunt,” said site co-creator Larry Basile yesterday, pointing out McCain’s views against adoption by gay couples and same-sex marriage.

“Boy, was I embarrassed when I found out he gave $2,300,” said Basile, who asked Crutchley to step down after several patrons of the gay hookup site cancelled their subscriptions.

"Keating Five" McCain is returning the money, prompting Crutchley to say that he is giving the money to Obama instead.

It gets worse.

StopManhunt.net points out that Crutchley is a Republican and still an owner of Manhunt.
My feeling is that as long as founder and now ex-chairman Crutchley is making money from Gay men and then turning it over to people who would like to strip us of our rights, use us as wedge issues in elections, spread misinformation about us, call us an abomination, prevent us from adopting children and from legalizing our relationships, then I don't see how we can, as a community of gay men, support such a duplicitous and heinous man: he remains a co-owner of the site and therefore our money will still flow into the Republican and Right Wing coffers.

It's not like Jonathan Crutchley's support for a homophobic, neo-Nazi gang (the GOP) was a secret. Manhunt and it's management knew that a portion of the profits of the company would go to promote discrimination and violence against gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgender people, yet Manhunt falsely promoted itself as a pro-gay company. This is misrepresentation and a horrible breach of trust.

Businesses that make money off of the queer community have a moral obligation to support us. They certainly should be held accountable when they oppress us.

It's time for guys to cancel their memberships and delete their profiles. Who can trust a company like Manhunt that has deceived and betrayed us so blatantly? (One note, it seems like you have to contact Customer Service to get a profile deleted. There was no menu option for it anywhere on the site.)



  1. Christopher Says:
  2. I had never heard of Manhunt until Travelingman Rick blogged it.

    These silly queens who keep sucking up to the GOP make me want to puke.

  3. Anonymous Says:
  4. Great post Libhomo, stole a quote from you in response to one of my commentors.

  5. Anonymous Says:
  6. Good grief, that's twisted.

    It's like creating a market for yourself, or something.



  7. hats off to christopher...he has the best blog in the world. Amen christopher...



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