GOSHEN — Brent Randall, a prominent public personality and Republican candidate for Goshen’s District 5 City Council seat, verified this week that a profile page with his photos and information found on the gay dating website Adam4Adam was created and maintained by him.
The News became aware of the page early in the week and Randall confirmed Wednesday that the page belongs to him and he used it to connect with gay men. The page itself contains general information — some of it explicit — about Randall and non-pornographic photos of himself. Adam4Adam is a free, public website and profiles are accessible by anyone who registers on the site.
When asked about the profile page Wednesday Randall, who was married for 22 years before a divorce in 2009, was up front about it.
“My life has changed a lot over the last six years since my divorce,” Randall said. “… (The profile page is) still active. I do check it. I do talk to people. I’ve never met anybody from that profile. I do enjoy meeting new people of all different walks of life. …
“I don’t even know if I consider myself bisexual or not. I just experimented a little since I was single again.”
Randall, 53, who is running against Democrat Adam Scharf for Goshen’s District 5 seat currently held by Everett Thomas, went on record last week during a candidate forum that he was against amending the city’s civil rights ordinance to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”
In tune with each of his fellow Republican candidates in this year’s municipal election, Randall said he felt members of the LGBT community are currently protected under the law and an amendment is not needed locally.
On Wednesday, in light of his Adam4Adam web page profile, a candid and calm Randall reiterated his position on a potential civil rights amendment in Goshen.
“I don’t know if I thought this wouldn’t come up or would (when running for office),” Randall said. “But I still believe in my heart of hearts that our gay and lesbian communities are protected currently under the law. If there are cases that need to be brought, let’s bring them. 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.”
Randall is the radio voice for Goshen High School football and basketball on Elkhart CountySports.com, head Goshen High School boys golf coach and relationship development manager at Eby Ford Lincoln in Goshen. He has lived in Goshen since 1986.
He said he wasn’t sure how this matter will affect him moving forward, but Randall believes Goshen is a welcoming and understanding community.
“In the back of my mind I knew that profile was out there,” Randall said. “I really didn’t think it would come out. … It’s a bridge I really didn’t want to cross. The other side of that is I’ve been dating women too. It’s just something I’ve opened myself up for.”