San Francisco users of the gay hookup site Grindr have named District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener as their “local hero/community advocate of the year” for 2012.
The recognition comes despite some opposition to Wiener’s stance on several issues. Among other complaints, many have been unhappy with the gay city official for his recent legislation to ban most public nudity in the city. The Board of Supervisors passed the anti-nudity measure in December and Mayor Ed Lee signed it into law. Opponents have filed a lawsuit hoping to stop the policy change.
[Update Friday, January 11]: Many people also support the nudity legislation and have praised Wiener for his work to restore HIV funding and to address LGBT seniors’ needs, among other issues. [End update]
Wiener hadn’t been aware of the award before a reporter called him today (Thursday, January 10), but said, “When you look at the other folks who won, it’s a pretty impressive group of people. I’m very honored to be recognized with them. There are an awful lot of gay men in this town who use Grindr, and I’m really honored that they’ve recognized my work.”
Other local Grindr honorees announced Wednesday, January 9, include Fitness SF as “gym with the hottest guys,” Jock Sundays at the Lookout as “best Sunday Funday,” Beatbox as “best gay night/party,” Pollo Del Mar as “fiercest drag queen/nightlife personality,” and the Bay Area Reporter as “best local gay news outlet.” The latter category is, admittedly, a small pool. For more winners, visit the Grindr site.
Figures on how many people in San Francisco voted weren’t immediately available.