Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) Walks Away from Interview After ‘Ridiculous and Inappropriate’ Questions About Gay Rumors

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Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) was questioned by radio host Michelangelo Signorile last week about persisting rumors that he's gay and what his anti-gay votes might mean in that context, Signorile reports at HuffPost:

Asked on the floor of the RNC in an interview for my SiriusXM OutQ radio program to respond to those who’ve believed that Schock is gay and also view his vote against “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal as a vote against members of his own group, Schock responded, “Those questions are completely ridiculous and inappropriate.” He added, when asked if he is confirming that he is not gay, “I’ve said that before and I don’t think it’s worthy of further response. I think you can look it up.” Schock then walked off, abruptly ending the interview.

On why he voted against DADT repeal, Schock said: “I took the advice of military experts that came before Congress. I think that’s why you have John McCain and others who have a military background. Adam Kinzinger is a close personal friend of mine who’s an active duty member of Congress [in the district] next door to me and so I think that’s why you saw the consistency.”

Schock appeared uninformed when asked last week about marriage equality lawsuits in his home state and expressed disagreement with Obama's decision to not defend DOMA in court.

Schock, who has been accused of misusing campaign funds to further an exercise habit, flaunted the results of that regimen in a Men's Health cover story last May.

Many of the gay rumors surrounding Schock seem to be tied to his obsessive attention to his body, as well as that of other Republican congressmen. In June 2010, a photo of Schock at a White House picnic in white jeans, an aqua belt, and purple gingham shirt posted by Gawker (above) sent the gay rumors into overdrive. Schock later tweeted that he "burned the belt" after the photo went viral.

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  1. Tim NC says

    I have seen claims on blogs that he has been sighted in gay bars in BOTH Chicago and DC. Certainly someone in those gays bars has a cell phone with a camera.

    If those statements are true, he is apparently being protected by the patrons of those bars.

  2. says

    Walking past a sexy men’s underwear shop and a bathhouse in Tampa last week, he also said Paul Ryan should show off his body more often, but he said it in a totally not-gay way.

  3. SteveXS says

    I think it’s great that Congressman Schock is serving as an example for other Republicans to emulate when it comes to being healthy. Physically healthy, that is, because it is not possible for a straight man, even one who’s color-blind, to put together that combination of fuschia (or is it raspberry) plaid shirt, teal (not aqua) belt — didn’t you watch “The Devil Wears Prada”?! — and tight white jeans. Sometimes you do have to believe your eyes.

  4. Otkon says

    Well, it is not so much his fashion sense. But when questioned about his bold color and pattern combinations, he feels criticized and runs home to “burn the belt”!?!? Oh yeah, that’s the typical hetero reaction.

  5. vwdavy says

    as a former constituent and acquaintance of Aaron, i do know that he is a very closeted adult who likes to play games in life by not following rules and basically ignoring rules, regs & laws. his record as school board rep & president are dismal, highlighted by his childish and petulant behaviors costing the district money and good service from good people.
    his record in congress isn’t as spectacular as he likes to put it out to be. the worst thing he did was fall in with the Bachman/Tea Party crowd. he took an office that has been represented in Congress by the three men preceding him as a true conservative & republican should. no more benefits to his constituents from bipartisanship and deals that favor both sides of an issue with out cancelling the other out. now the 18th is a pigsty of underfunded schools and social programs, and way too much pork-some say Byrd-esque in style and amount.
    the fact that he is in a long-term relationship with another young man in Bartonville (an out of the way, sleepy, south of Peoria town) notwithstanding, i am not the only gay man from Peoria that can describe Aaron’s bits to a mole. he will be out eventually, with or without being in control. he’s wasting an enormous opportunity of working hard with Secratary LaHood of Transportation. Ray is his predecessor in Congress, and is the prime example of what service to your country first, constituency second is supposed to be.
    i wish you well, little man. you looked great on grindr last week too. funny that no stalking was necessary to find you there. along with many other foolish men.

  6. Otkon says

    I love how TMZ had the gay neighborhood in Tampa staked out, just to see if they could catch some closet-case Repugnicants out shopping for lube. I wonder if that was Schock’s gay sex lover scurrying around in the background. If you are going to a theater for an “youth event”, get a car to take you from the hotel to the stage door. Don’t go strolling through the damn homo-district to get there. Unless you are a total gay-gay.

  7. says

    Stay in the closet dude, ugh, your face could stop a train dead in its tracks. I say this because I loathe gay benedict arnolds, who pretend straight and vote anti-gay. You are a digusting disgrace to Illinoi.

  8. V-8 says

    I don’t know why people equate looking like him with being healthy…. there r tons of people who work out and eat (and take supplements and drugs) to LOOK a certain way, and nothing else…. he looks like that… now I am not saying that he is in worse health than a morbidly obese person, but he does not look natural… he looks sculpted, not athletic in my view…. and if u follow the link to the photo shoot, his chest looks like it is about to explode, round and smooth like a woman’s silicon implant…

  9. RWG says

    I don’t care what he does or says about the rumors, whether he comes out or lives the rest of his miserable life in the closet; he doesn’t get a membership card and certainly doesn’t get the toaster.

  10. Otkon says

    If there was any doubt, this is what he told TMZ: “I think Paul’s in great shape. I think a little bit of leaner attire to help accentuate that physique he works so hard to, you know, maintain.” Signed, sealed, delivered.

  11. Eric says

    Alas, judging people based on their appearance is exactly how many incidences of bullying start. If he was in high school and people started questioning his sexuality and spreading rumors, it would definitely be bullying and harassment. Clearly he’s not as vulnerable as a teenager, but I think it’s reasonable to ask ourselves if such behavior is acceptable among adults. I’m a little uncomfortable about it.

    That said, if he is closeted and taking these policy stands, I have no problem if he’s outed (with proof, not rumor and innuendo). It’s one thing to be scared and in the closet; it’s quite another to use your power as a lawmaker to deny LGBT people their rights.

    And the outfit is awful. Cute face, nice body, poor sartorial choices, at least by my preferences.

  12. Artie_in_Lauderale says

    Aaron Schock’s use of color here is, um… stunning. If his color combo was meant to look patriotic, the belt should have been a standard dark blue, not… you know… turquoise. The contrasting white pants are the icing on the cake.

  13. Earl of Duke says

    I really don’t know his sexual orientation.

    But I remember Ken Mehlman saying he was not gay. And those gay rumors were interfering with his dating life. My goodness! Poor guy couldn’t get as many chicks as previously because of those incorrect, false, and untrue stories of his being gay.

    Mehlman lied through his teeth. It is possible Schock has done the same.

    I do tend to think a non-lying heterosexual would have no issue with just saying, even repeatedly, “No, I’m actually straight” — and not getting all freaked out about it.

    Or maybe say, “Why do you ask?” and wink and kid around about it.

    By contrast, getting defensive and upset and freaky about it is suspicious.

    If it does turn out that he’s actually straight, I would guess he’s like the messed-up, muscled straight guys who do gay porn because they dig sexual attention from males.

  14. EchtKultig says

    “If it does turn out that he’s actually straight, I would guess he’s like the messed-up, muscled straight guys who do gay porn because they dig sexual attention from males.”

    LMAO! You have to be kidding me! This little drama queen is gay as a tree full of hummingbirds! If he was straight, what Republican man wouldn’t have just said he’s straight? There’s no sporting metrosexual irony in freakin’ Illinois. He couldn’t say he was straight because then he could be caught lying quite easily. But he couldn’t say he was gay either. The new Republican platform, you see, is that it’s “Ok to be gay” as long as don’t want to be married, don’t want any laws protecting your employment or housing, and keep your sexuality completely invisible to everyone except the person you’re screwing.

  15. jamesintoronto says

    I prefer to think that he’s straight because that outfit is hideous. He looks like he works at the Disney Italian restaurant (and that is both offensive to Disney and Italians).

  16. says

    y’know, just once wouldn’t it be great if a gay republican just came out on their own terms and not by being dragged kicking and screaming from the closet while they pathetically cast anti-gay votes to futilely keep up the charade?

    this is why the GOP refuses to treat LGBT people with respect – Gay Republicans make it clear they’re not worthy of it. after all, these are the “gay friends” that anti-Gay conservatives always talk about having.

    lapdogs who crave the beatings they get.

    one. sick. puppy.

    in f***ing ugly clothes.

  17. LincolnLounger says

    Yet another example of the ugly intolerance by so many in the gay community. These are some of the most insensitive, stereotypical, and down right vicious comments I have ever seen –led by Andy himself, unfortunately.

    I know Aaron. Aaron has been my Congressman. Frankly, I don’t like him but couldn’t care less about with whom he sleeps. I do know that nobody raises more money, and nobody works harder. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was Governor of Illinois someday.

    Calling every gay Republican “Goebbels”, etc., is so remarkably short-sighted. Everyone has different values, life experiences, and follows their own road to coming out, etc. The ugliness on display here is breathtaking in scope and irresponsible.

  18. says

    but do you know what’s beautiful, LincolnLounger? You prove all of us right. Schock is a pathetic closeted homosexual and you’re the exact same thing. One more GOP-suckup homo who doesnt’ have the balls to live openly, Visibly, and Represent.

    keep screaming your fury from inside the closet. Us in the “gay community” who live real lives will continue to live real lives, and you with your anonymous-internet-existence can continue to be angry about it.

    We get it, though. Schock has to lie to keep up appearances for the GOP. And you have to remain invisible for the same reason.

    We’ll have a fundraiser, a bake sale perhaps, to buy you both a pair of testicles. Nice shiny ones you can show off, and perhaps trade with friends.

  19. BRAINS says

    What annoys me enormously is when these pathetic SELF LOATHING CLOWNS step-out of the closet, a few idiots embrace them.

    Learn from us Jews…..cast the stone at the traitor!

  20. says

    and to all the “hey, this is mean you guys! we don’t know what his experience has been like! we don’t know his journey!:

    oh shut the f**k up. he’s the story – gay republican lies about who he is to maintain GOP respect and votes against LGBT Equality as part of his disguise. If you think this story sounds familiar it’s because it is.

    #LiberalsDon’tHaveThatProblem

  21. says

    @Lincolnlounger: I don’t care with whom he sleeps with either, or how he came to select his eyecatching hoedown outfit. I do care if he’s gay, but that isn’t the same as caring about his sex life.

    If he’s closeted and voting with the anti-gay Republican mainstream he’s both a coward and so ashamed that he’d vote against his own human dignity. What a life! What ignorance! If he’s not gay, then he’s simply a run-of-the-mill anti-gay Republican, albeit one with better abs and a more flamboyant fashion sense than most. He’s bad for gay civil rights either way, but if he’s closeted, his shame will catch up with him–it always does. And shame doesn’t sit well with voters–ask Charlie Crist.

  22. Mary says

    I have no idea what this politician’s sexual preference is. But maybe the reason he won’t answer the question is because an “I’m not gay! I’m not gay! How many times do I have to tell you I’m not gay?! response would only be met with a “me thinks he doth protest too much” response. At some point you just fuel more suspicion by answering questions regardless of how sincere your answer may be.

    And incidentally, I just watched the movie “Role/Play.” It was enjoyable and I think it was good to show a diversity of opinions in the gay community about the benefits of coming out and the right of people to stay in the closet if that’s what they chose to do.

  23. Mike says

    Most LGBT people are still hiding in the closet trying not to be discovered as being gay. This means playing it straight and attacking gays to prove they are not queer, even if they are. The harder they attack the more likely they are gay honey, and you can take that to the bank, you just have to out them before they destroy themselves and others around them trying to “prove they are not gay”. From my researches into life I have discovered that 1/4 or 25% of the population is in fact LGBT, GAY honey. But most hide in that deep closet in fear of being discovered and so they do all kinds of things to hide the fact they like the same sex, if you know what I mean. Most have been taught to hide by their parents and their faiths and others who are hiding in the closet with them. My closet got so full I had to come out just to get some air and freedom it was so cramped up with gays hiding in them with me, sadly most are still in that old musty cramped closet fighting to stay in it for some reason I have yet to discover, I mean they do not kill you out right in America for being LGBT today. So my message to all of you who are reading this who are hiding, it is ok to come out, really it is alright to open the door and walk out and be proud, you will thank me and you will thank you for doing that. It is time for you to be free.

  24. Mary says

    Mike, I wonder where you get that 25% figure. I was always led to believe that the gay community claims to be 10% of the population and that the cultural Right claims gays are closer to 2-5%. And the intensity of one’s anti-gay rights views is not necessarily a sign that he’s gay, even if it is giving gay issues too much weight in his life. Some people are intrigued by social change and social continuity. When I opposed gay marriage it was because I believed it would harm society. I changed my position when I started to think it might benefit gays and do no harm at all to the rest of society. In neither case did my own sexuality have anything to do with my position. Social issues are interesting from an intellectual standpoint and are not always a vehicle for some kind of personal neuroses. I really think you’re off base with this.

    As for your “research into life” I can tell you that there are social conservatives who will claim that their own “research into life” showed them that at least 25% of gays are looking for sex with underage boys. My point here is to show that we all tend to find in our own “research” what we want to find.

  25. says

    LOL he might as well have worn white Go Go boots and daisy dukes with a T shirt cut off under the chest !! For a closeted self loathing guy .. WHAT was he thinking ??? it sure as hell shows that he can not make sound decisions

  26. Frank says

    I went to high school with Aaron Schock at Richwoods in Peoria, Illinois, and I’m here to tell you even back then he wasn’t fooling anyone. He needs to come out of the closet already or at the very least change his record of voting against the interests of other gays.

  27. andrew says

    @Little Kiwi: here you are criticizing unimportnt Rep Schock. Why no comments on th vile agression of Muslims against that poor Christian girl in Pakistan? Your followers are going to think that you have NO BALLS!!!

  28. DAN says

    Oh, give it a rest Andrew! You think this politician isn’t important? As a gay man I think whether or not his is gay IS IMPORTANT. Because you see, he makes laws that affect me and my family’s rights. Period.

  29. andrew says

    @Dan: I just want tO KNOw WHY the usuaL HYSRERICAL RANTER Has NOTHING TO SAY ABOUTNMusLImS PerseCUtING A POOR CDhr

    I just want to know why the usual champion of the oppressed in what are usually over the top hysterical rants is silent on these awful Muslim atrocities. Do you knowe?

  30. UFFDA says

    Who said “he’s as gay as a tree full of hummingbirds”? Can’t remember, but i wont forget that phrase. It’s the hilarity I often come here for. I certainly don’t care if he’s gay or not…oh right he’s threatening my Rights.

  31. andrew says

    Little Kiwi is such a fraud. He rants about this nobody congressman and remains silent in the face of Muslim atrocities against that innocent Christian girl in Pakistan. No Balls seems to be his problem,

  32. just_a_guy says

    Aaron Schlock might not be gay, but he is UNDOUBTEDLY METROSEXUAL. Any self-respecting metrosexual man supports gay rights. And if a metrosexual man OPPOSES gay rights, it IS warranted to ask the obvious question, which is not insulting in any way, just honest and inevitable.

    Some good journalist needs to effectively ask Schock the question: How can you present yourself as someone comfortable with the variants in male gender expression generally, and yet vehemently and actively oppose any male gender expression or sexual nuance besides narrow heterosexuality? It’s inconsistent, hypocritical, and is ASKING for ALL OF US TO SPECULATE AS TO WHAT’S UP.

    Whether he’s gay/bi/curious/open or only able to think about breeding, the larger point is:

    Aaron Schock (R-IL)LOATHES his own gender expressiveness and any conceivable nuance in his sexuality. And Aaron Schock UNDOUBTEDLY exhibits SOME nuance in the above, regardless of whether he’s in category “straight” or category “gay” or some other category.

    In short: The point of the constant questions about whether Aaron Schock is gay is that, WHETHER GAY OR NOT, AARON SCHOCK IS A SELF-LOATHING HYPOCRITE. (Sorry, but, yeah, I do think shouting it is in order.)

    Again…WHETHER GAY OR NOT, AARON SCHOCK IS A SELF-LOATHING HYPOCRITE. The picture + his anti-lgbta views and record proves it.

    @andrew: wierd way to pick a fight, no? I mean, I haven’t commented on the other story you mention either; for me, that story is so tragic that it speaks for itself. Hmmm.

    p.s. yeah, based on the way Schock has expressed such embarrasment about the belt, it wouldn’t surprise me if he is TOTALLY closeted, but who knows: He could just be a self-loathing nuanced gender-expressing breeder. But if so…the fierceness of these questions about what’s up are NO LESS APPROPRIATE.

  33. just_a_guy says

    Btw, per my above comment, Michelangelo Signorile’s questions were NOT ridiculous, and they were ENTIRELY appropriate…

    …regardless of Schock’s prior answers or his precise sexual orientation or level of nuanced gender expression.

  34. andrew says

    @Gast: I have nothing against Eunuchs. I just really wonder why the guy who rants against the sins of Catholic priests and all the evils of White Euro-American types and accuses them of having no balls is so silent when it comes to Muslim atrocities against a little Christian girl in Pakistan. Little Kiwi is a fraud.

  35. EchtKultig says

    Andrew, what the heck does that have to do with anything? Please take your battle with littlekiwi elsewhere. Stop spamming.

    Just_a_Guy…google “Occam’s Razor”. But you do have a point that, if he were “merely” a metrosexual straight man, he would be pro gay rights. The conceit is that metrosexuals desire to express some playful ambiguity because they aren’t homophobic…and aren’t really afraid of their sexuality. For a not-out-of-the-closet Republican congressman to dress like that, frankly, seems like a subconscious cry for help. It’s actually kind of sad, but that doesn’t mean I feel sorry for the little proto-fascist.

    And to the person who said it was just “inside the beltway” fashion…have you actually been inside the beltway? Straight men in DC dress conservatively. “Metrosexual” there is wearing a pink Vineyard Vines shirt with otherwise very straight-coded clothing. The only places on the East Coast you _might_ see a belt like that on a straight man would be NYC, the Hamptons, or Cape Cop…on someone who came from that culture. But never with that shirt!

  36. EchtKultig says

    BTW – I admit I’ve read the “tree full of hummingbirds” line somewhere else. It almost has a polari-ish quality to it, I wonder how far it goes back.

  37. James says

    “he is a very closeted adult who likes to play games in life by not following rules and basically ignoring rules, regs & laws. his record as school board rep & president are dismal, highlighted by his childish and petulant behaviors”

    Wow. A succintly damning assessment. And Aaron sweetie: no need to burn the belt. 100% gayface.

  38. Tim NC says

    @Andrew…. No one, including Kiwi is talking about the little Christian girl because this post ISN’T ABOUT THAT ISSUE. What the hell is wrong with you? Try to stay on topic.

  39. ratbastard says

    Does anyone have an explanation for Little Kiwi’s silence on the Muslim atrocities against that innocent Christian girl in Pakistan?

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 4, 2012 4:05:39 AM

    ***********************

    Lil’ Canadian HATES all things religion especially of course western religions like Christians. But ‘progressive’ hate is mostly reserved for ‘white’ western people, religions, and culture. ‘Oppressed’ so-called ‘minorities’ and 3rd world people get a pass. Of course Lil’ Canadian would probably be dead now or be extremely miserable and genuinely oppressed if he wasn’t living in a country dominated by the very culture and people he and others like him love to mock and ridicule.

  40. LincolnLounger says

    @LittleKiwi, for the record, I do enjoy your turn of the phrase “screaming fury”, but the fact is that I couldn’t be more out of the closet and worked in a gay bar for years. I can’t imagine that if Aaron was trolling the gay bars in Illinois that I wouldn’t know about it. Perhaps, but I doubt it. The point is that I couldn’t care less. I don’t vote for him for other reasons. He still wins by huge margins. I still don’t understand the hatred and vitriol. Having the Democrat Party take the gay community for granted by being in the tank for them is just bad politics, and the ugly intolerance displayed without any evidence or facts is nothing short of the kind of intolerance we’re supposed to be fighting against.

  41. David Jarrett says

    I think that he is most attractive and sexy. And ….I like his colorful outfit. From my personal taste, he has the perfect male body — toned, tight and super smooth. But each to his own.

  42. says

    *elegant curtsy*

    Schock’s sitation aint that different from the Muslim girl. Both are living under the rule of oppressive bigots. The young girl, alas, has the integrity to fight it. Schock? The coward hides and sides with the oppressive bigots.

    but remember, every time you have to ignore the bigotry in your own chosen party, Anonymous Andrew, and choose instead to scream about ‘muslims’ you only prove us right.

    Muslims arent’ the reason you’re an anonymous homosexual coward in America, “Andrew”

    😉

  43. TANK says

    LITTLEKIWI, I hate to say this, but on this whole issue of the self-hating creepy Republican congressman, I agree with you 100%. Don’t listen to the personal attacks and illogical rantings of Ratbastard and Lincolnlogger… they are obviously self-hating queens, too. Gay people like Schock who pander to the homophobes need to be outed and held accountable for their hateful words and deeds, and they need to be voted out of office, too!

  44. millerbeach says

    I pity this fool. Isn’t it a sin to bear false witness? I see all the wasted energy by this man trying to avoid the truth. The truth will set you free. God doesn’t like liars.

  45. andrew says

    To Little Kiwi and his follower Dan: I am an out and proud gay man. I live in the gayest section of my city, most of my friends are gay, everyone who knows me knows that I am gay. I volunteer in the gay community center etc etc. I am by no definition of the word a coward. My recent concern has been that Little Kiwi who rightly sometimes rants against white bigots and the evils of Catholicism has been strangely silent when it came to the Muslim atrocities committed against that christian girl in Pakistan. Do I now understand that you condemn those atrocities committed by Muslims?????

  46. Brian says

    Who cares if he is gay? If he is, let him come out on his own terms and timeline just like everyone else. No need to bully him into coming out. If you don’t like his politics and you live in his district, vote him out of office.

  47. Christopher says

    The People you see Here with Aaron are Jim and Joann Thomas. They are some of the most wonderful people one could ever ask too meet. They are on the Whitehouse lawn with Aaron Schock as Guests of Ray LaHood (Secretary of Transportation) and just happened to take this photo with Aaron in this fabulous outfit of his.
    Aaron’s campaign manager is his Married Lover. What I mean is his lover is married to woman, and runs his campaign in addition to working as a carpenter in the Peoria IL area. I AM TIRED OF KEEPING TO MYSELF ON THIS. I WAS INFORMED Aaron voted against gay marriage, and I can not let the BS that is Aaron Schock go on without my voicing an opinion.
    I am a Gay man. I have been friends with the people in this photo with Aaron my entire life, I married a wonderful man who ran one of the largest Oil & Gas companies in the world. Peter, my late husband died in April of 2008 because I was not a legal spouse in Texas and had no say over his medical needs. He was denied treatment by his family and died. If we where married legally, Peter would be alive. AARON SCHOCK VOTES AGINST GAY ISSUES BECAUSE HE IS HIDING HIS OWN HOMOSEXUALITY. Do not vote for Aaron Schock, vote for anyone else.
    I know who he shares his bed with, and he has probably sucked more dicks than I have.

    C.W. Yates

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