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GOP Congressman Aaron Schock Locks Down Instagram Account Amid Gay Rumors


Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) locked down his Instagram account today amid renewed rumors on social media that he is gay. Rumors that Congressman Schock is gay are not new, and the reason that they continue is purely because of his positions on issues such as marriage equality, and that being an out gay man would also make him a very public hypocrite.

Not only is Schock opposed to same-sex marriage, he supports a federal marriage amendment, opposed repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', opposes the repeal of DOMA and voted against adding sexual orientation to federal hate crimes statutes.

SchockMany 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. 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 after which he became known as the Congressman with the abs. 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.

Schock has also denied he is gay.

The latest rumors were brought to a head today after a post on Facebook by journalist Itay Hod went viral. Writes Hod in the post:

here's a hypothetical: what if you know a certain GOP congressman, let's just say from Illinois, is gay... and you know this because one of your friends, a journalist for a reputable network, told you in no uncertain terms that he caught that GOP congressman and his male roommate in the shower... together. now they could have been good friends just trying to conserve water. but there's more. what if this congressman has also been caught by tmz cameras trolling gay bars. now what if you know that this very same guy, the darling of the gop, has also voted against repeal of don’t ask don’t tell, opposed the repeal of doma, is against gay marriage; and for the federal marriage amendment, which would add language to the us constitution banning gay marriage and would likely strike down every gay rights law and ordinance in the country?

Are we still not allowed to out him? 

let me ask another question... doesn't the media have an OBLIGATION to expose his hypocrisy? if he had done something so hypocritical and he wasn't gay, wouldn't we demand journalists do their job? but they can't... because we won't let them. you're not allowed to out ANYONE, we tell them. 

we've created a situation where even though news organizations know this guy is gay, they can't report it because he hasn't said so on twitter. 

if we keep saying that being gay is genetic; ergo, it's no different than having blue eyes or blonde hair... than why are not allowed to mention it? why do we need anyone's consent to talk about their sexuality? are we not allowed to say someone has blue eyes until they post a fb message telling us they are in fact blue?

Hod's post to Facebook appears to have been inspired by a post blogger John Aravosis posted to Americablog on Thursday which hypothesized that Schock might be gay based on interpretations of photos from his Instagram account.

What is lacking so far in any of the discussion, as amusing or voyeuristic as it may be, is any sort of direct testimony or evidence of Schock's sexual orientation.

SchockCan someone be "outed" by a belt? Or for the care they take of their body? Or something heard from a friend of a friend of a friend? Is determining someone's sexual orientation based on how they look an appropriate avenue because the person is a villain, or is it simply undercutting the LGBT community's arguments against stereotypes and defamatory phrases like "that's so gay"?

In any case, Schock appears to be closing the window to prying eyes as a result of all this chatter, and that may just be the catalyst that drives people to look for the evidence that is needed to expose him.

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  1. It was hardly "a friend of a friend of a friend". It was a reporter friend of Itay's who walked in on his roommate in the shower with Schock. That doesn't sound nearly as convoluted as you presented it Andy.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jan 4, 2014 3:49:00 PM

  2. "you're not allowed to out ANYONE, we tell them. "

    There is no "outing". There is only the truth. Do it.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 4, 2014 3:55:24 PM

  3. He's following Tom Daley on twitter, need I say more?

    Posted by: litper | Jan 4, 2014 3:57:51 PM

  4. Oh jeez. He's out at the gay bars in DC all the time. I don't know anyone in DC who HASN'T seen him out at the bars. Since he's not really trying to keep it secret, why hasn't he been fully outed?

    Posted by: Rich | Jan 4, 2014 3:58:11 PM

  5. I think there's been a lot of interesting discussion around this since Hod's post, and it is worth having. I agree that this does not qualify as an "outing" since there really is no direct evidence or testimony, and plays more like a round of the telephone game. I do, however, think Schock is a big old closet case, and I'm curious to see if this story goes anywhere from here. I can't imagine the congressman isn't feeling some heat from it.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Jan 4, 2014 3:58:36 PM

  6. don't usually believe n outing anyone it is a personal choice but when the person is a politician who is working hard to destroy the rights of people and is a blatant hypocrite well then all bets are off . and if people have pictures of him in the bars they need to post them

    Posted by: walter | Jan 4, 2014 4:03:06 PM

  7. You can't out someone with he said vs. he said. Gay guys are obsessed with Aaron Schock and like kt say he's gay the same reason why they obsess over Henry Cavill: he's hot. And the idea that a dude with a "hot bod" has to be gay is so misdirected it just showcases the gay bubble most of you guys live in.

    Posted by: Mike C. | Jan 4, 2014 4:09:01 PM

  8. After a tea-tard primary challenge loss he'll EVOLVE and come out swinging in the mold of good old closet queen Charlie Crist and re-brand himself as a Democrat just to win his seat back - power trumps ideology for narcissists like Schock...that being said in the immortal words of Will Ferrell in The Other Guys "I'm gonna brake your hip".

    Posted by: Tadpolicus Wex | Jan 4, 2014 4:09:22 PM

  9. Look, This guy is single, handsome, and has a powerful job and NEVER DATES. And the line about being too busy is idiotic considering other Congressmen or Senators are married and still have time for affairs or to visit hookers.

    Sorry, but somebody his age who is single, never ever is seen dating is obviously hiding something. Obviously a closet case, but the fact that he votes against gay rights makes me wish I was wrong and he was hetero.

    Posted by: Cam | Jan 4, 2014 4:10:44 PM

  10. he's a textbook gay republican - cowardly, racist, self-hatingly homophobic and with a pair of capers in lieu of testes.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 4, 2014 4:14:11 PM

  11. All we know for sure from that story is that he is a color-blind conservationist and may be moderately anorexic. That accounts for the clothes, the saving water fetish and the nice abs.

    Now maybe he'll clear things up, like Charlie Crist did, and get married.

    Posted by: james st. james | Jan 4, 2014 4:16:32 PM

  12. Maybe someone was confusing Aaron Schock with Aaron Rodgers.. Aaron is gay and he won't/can't come out.

    Posted by: stevetalbert | Jan 4, 2014 4:17:53 PM

  13. gee, another self loathing, closeted GOP politician...film at 11. ZZzzz

    Posted by: greg | Jan 4, 2014 4:18:20 PM

  14. Wasn't the rumor that Mark Kirk is also gay? That's a lot of gay R's in one state's delegation.

    Although I swear both my senators are gay Graham and Scott. Although I find both physically - and politically- repulsive.

    Posted by: robroy | Jan 4, 2014 4:19:06 PM

  15. If he is gay (if I were a gambler, the odds for Yes are looking good), what's interesting, and strange, is the extreme disconnect it must take for a young politician to think he can breeze through his political career in such a grand hypocritical state. You could pull that off in the olden days--now, ain't gonna happen. If you're closeted and voting anti-gay, your closet door is going to be blown wide open (no pun intended) sooner or later. That special gay brand of Republican is the kind in the bubble, not the rest of us.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 4, 2014 4:20:32 PM

  16. Apropos of nothing, he's almost the spitting image of my closeted gay cousin who currently lives in Illinois and has four daughters and a wife who may or may not know that something's up.

    Posted by: ophu | Jan 4, 2014 4:24:25 PM

  17. Wow, some of the bitter, pathetic middle-aged queens who post here have a knack for focusing on the trivial. Let Tank keep it real: this guy is a closet case, period, end of story. If he doesn't have gay face I don't know who does! What a loathsome, self-hating gym bunny he truly is. But let Tank add this: a lot of you folks who are trashing him would gladly get wild with him if you had the chance, LOL! Even though he is an evil force politically he is kind of cute in a twinkish way.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 4, 2014 4:29:59 PM

  18. I agree with TampaZeke. But further to that I think that Andy is jealous of Itay Hod and that is why he doesn't want to give him too much cred.

    Posted by: Jules | Jan 4, 2014 4:36:00 PM

  19. he's not gay. he's a closet homosexual. they should be defined, by journalists as smart as itay hod, as different and worthy of distinction. that would be the way to sort all these issues out in the future. and yes, hod is correct; we are maintaining as a community that homosexuality is inborn, and quite frankly, many of us know it when we see it (something akin to 'gaydar' but that is just colloquial term). it is truth. now whether or not you're gay is a different, happier, prouder, more enlightened thing entirely.

    Posted by: shanot | Jan 4, 2014 4:36:18 PM

  20. Even on the small chance he's not gay--or so closeted that he can't even admit it to himself--he now knows what it's like to be persecuted for being gay. Maybe that'll help him be a bit more sensitive the next time he decides to do something like exclude gays from a hate crimes bill.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 4, 2014 4:38:11 PM

  21. Also...that he locked up his Instagram suggests that he's not the sharpest tool in the shed.

    Posted by: Jules | Jan 4, 2014 4:40:37 PM

  22. If he is gay he should come out. It's not like he is from Indiana after all.

    Posted by: bkmn | Jan 4, 2014 4:43:23 PM

  23. One wonders what lead to the abrupt closure of his instagram account if he wasn't trying to hide his tracks.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Jan 4, 2014 4:44:42 PM

  24. He's your classic gay republican, all about money and power. He will vote right-wing to discriminate so long as he gets his cake. When he retires, he'll pull a Ken Melhman stunt and suddenly evolve and beg for forgiveness. Disgusting!

    Posted by: ny2.0 | Jan 4, 2014 4:51:18 PM

  25. Sorry, but i doubt the gay rumours were about that belt.

    It's like saying Jake Gyllenhaal rumours are because Brokeback Mountain, he had gay rumours before, and Heath Ledger was in the same movie and there weren't gay rumours about him (even when his first role in australia was a gay teen too).

    I don't think nobody would care about Shock's sexual orientation if he hasn't such record on gay issues.
    I'm not for outing, not even closeted actors/athletes dating beards (that's pathetic but in the end the only damaged is the closeted man), not even if that guy makes homophobic comments (but i wouldn't be angry if someone outs him), but Shock is a polititian with power to make real damage in the lives of other gay men.
    He can hate himself all that he wants, but he has no right that his hate damage other gays lifes

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 4, 2014 4:51:21 PM

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