Kevin West, who claims he conversed with Mateen on Jack'd (Video still via 13 Witness News)
Some in Orlando claim—with no solid proof just yet—that shooter Omar Mateen frequented Grindr, Jack'd, Adam4Adam, and was at least one drag queen's biggest fan.
One of the witnesses has turned his phone over to the cops, claiming he communicated with Mateen on Jack'd, but the conversations described don't sound sexy, they sound rather detail-oriented about hot gay venues.
Making a much stronger case for the idea that Mateen was a self-loathing gay man warped by his upbringing is the fact that the husband of Mateen's his ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, told Brazilian media that she'd previously described Mateen to him as having “gay tendencies.” This would make it seem possible that Mateen, in his twisted desperation, used ISIS as a red herring. It could also mean he was radicalized, but that his struggle with homosexuality complicated things for him. A lot.
I'm not sure how much should be made of these reports just yet; people can be confused in an effort to want to help. Certainly, his interest in gay apps could have been to case his prey.
(I do find it so odd that almost every terrorist incident winds up with rumors that the perp was gay. Am I the only one who remembers the stories of Mohammed Atta frequenting gay bars before 9/11?)
Perhaps most convincingly—if there were any way to confirm it—is a claim by a former classmate of Mateen's, a now openly gay man who Mateen allegedly once asked out. The man was closeted at the time and not ready, so declined, but says they went to gay bars together in school. If true, that would discount any idea that Mateen only hit up bars as a means of reconnaissance.
It will be interesting to see if any of this pans out. It definitely complicates the narrative that he was truly inspired by jihad.