In this June 19, 2017 photo, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg talks during a meeting with the mayor of Lubbock, Texas, in Austin, Texas.
Bloomberg, the former New Yorker mayor, said on Friday that he’s looking into a 2020 presidential run.
The idea has come up in recent weeks in a new New York magazine profile of Bloomberg that is due to be released this month.
Bloomberg said the idea of the chatroom had come up as part of the conversation with friends after he left office.
Bloomberg’s friends also suggested a way to talk about gay issues without using the phrase “hookup,” Bloomberg said in the article, which was published Friday on the website Gay Voices.
The New York Times has not yet published the article.
Bloomberg spoke about the chat room on Twitter on Friday, saying he was “going to talk to more people about gay stuff.”
Bloomberg’s tweet came just hours after a friend tweeted out a link to a post from his website where he discussed hookup chats.
“What if we made a gay chat room?” the friend wrote.
“I mean, how many hookups can you have in a day?
I mean, who knows?
What if we could start at the beginning and have all of them happening in the same room?
It would be awesome.”
Bloomberg told the New York Magazine he was not looking to run for president, but was interested in a presidential run in 2020.
“The fact that I’m even thinking about it at all, I mean it’s an interesting thought,” Bloomberg told New Yorker reporter Jonathan Chait.
“But I’ve never run for anything before, so I don’t really have an opinion about that.”
The New Yorker article noted that Bloomberg is the only person to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court by a Democrat.
The magazine said Bloomberg, a Democrat, “has been a longtime ally of Hillary Clinton’s political aspirations.”
Bloomberg served as New York mayor from 2004 to 2009 and as the state’s finance commissioner from 2006 to 2009.
Bloomberg has long been outspoken about the importance of LGBT equality and is a co-founder of the New Yorkers for Gay Liberation, a pro-LGBT group.
Bloomberg served on the boards of several corporations including the New Jersey-based bank First State Bank and the U-Maine-based company UnitedHealth Group.
He has said he supports marriage equality, the legalization of same-sex marriage and the decriminalization of marijuana.
The article said the chatrooms Bloomberg’s New York friends had used for hookups would “be less intrusive than the ones that are used by other gay and lesbian users,” but that there would still be an “overwhelmingly heterosexual” group of people interested in chatting.
“For now, I think this is something that we should keep in mind, that people who are interested in hooking up, hooking it up, can still do so without going through a hook-up site,” Bloomberg, who was married at the time, told the magazine.
“And I think that there will be people who think this makes a great idea, and it’s not.
I’m not suggesting that we’re doing it.
I don’ know that I would be doing it.”
Bloomberg said he was considering an early 2020 run, but said he would “probably go back to New York if I thought there was something that was missing.”
The Times article also noted that the chat rooms could also have the effect of making gay people feel less comfortable.
Bloomberg told Chait he had received death threats over the chat groups.
“That’s not something I have ever had to deal with, and I don`t believe it’s something that has ever been part of my life,” Bloomberg was quoted as saying.