Former GOP Rep. Aaron Schock, who was seen partying it up at Coachella recently with a posse of gay shirtless men, was also spotted at the Standard Hotel pool in West Hollywood chatting up several men. Pictures of the former Congressman circulated on social media. Schock was acting “like he’s on a gay honeymoon” according to the Instagram user who posted the shots. This would be nothing to point fingers at if it weren’t for the fact that Schock has never apologized nor made amends for his anti-LGBTQ votes while a member of Congress.
You may recall that Schock recently slid out of corruption charges including filing false tax returns, mail fraud, wire fraud, submitting false reports to the FEC, false statements, and theft of government funds, defrauding the government of more than $100,000.
Aside from the dropped corruption charges, Schock is known for his support of a federal amendment to ban same-sex marriage and his support of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. As well as that Downton Abbey office, and his unforgettable turquoise belt.
Activist James Duke Mason, who took the posted of Schock at Coachella, said at the time: “Normally I wouldn’t comment on something like this, but I am just infuriated by these images of former Republican (and anti-gay) Congressman Aaron Schock partying with a group of gay men at Coachella. The fact that he would think he could show his face in public, particularly when he has NEVER renounced or apologized for his votes against gay marriage, gays in the military and against anti-discrimination laws is astounding. My intention isn’t to out him or target him personally, but simply to point out the hypocrisy. I saw him at a recent gay social event in West Hollywood and shook his hand before I even knew who he was; he should really be ashamed of himself. And the gays who associate with him without calling him out should know better. It really is a disgrace.”