Anti-gay GOPer Aaron Schock locks down Instagram account as outing rumors swirl

Ever since I posted about anti-gay Republican Congressman Aaron Schock’s gayer-than-gay Instagram account, things have gotten awfully interesting, as Schock moves more than a few steps closer to being officially outed.


Things got particularly interesting when CBS/Logo’s Itay Hod posted a solid analysis of how the media is complicit in the hypocrisy, and bad deeds, of anti-gay politicians.

UPDATE: Aaron Schock just inexplicably locked down his Instagram account.  It was once public, and now has been made private.  Which makes one wonder what little Easter Eggs might be hidden among those photos that Schock is now hiding.


UPDATE: Conservative media has now picked up on the story.

Caught in the shower with another man

Let me quote a little of Hod’s post on Facebook:

GOP Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL)

GOP Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL)

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?

Hod continues:

aaron-schock-wineLet 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?

Why is “gay” the only hypocrisy we don’t expose?


Hod has a point.  We keep saying that being gay is just like being black, or Jewish, or Latino, then why do we hide the fact that people are gay when we don’t hide their race or ethnicity?

Now, one could argue that being gay can bring with it scorn and prejudice, thus the newly-outed gay person could be harmed by the revelation about their sexual orientation.  But don’t blacks and Jews and Latinos face scorn and prejudice?  A reporter wouldn’t hide any of those features of a congressional candidate, so why hide the fact that he’s gay?

Presumably reporters hide sexual orientation because the person in question doesn’t want it revealed.  But since when is that dispositive in determining what the media does and does’t report about someone?  I’m sure Anthony Weiner and Elliot Spitzer both didn’t want facts about their private lives reported, but they were reported anyway because the media felt the stories were both newsworthy and relevant to the politicians’ jobs.

Or how about the fact that former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is Jewish.  The Washington Post had no problem digging into Albright’s past and finding out something about her that even she was not aware: that her parents were Jewish.  I am certain that in some circles that fact opens Albright up to a certain amount of scorn.  But the Post didn’t bury the story, they printed it.

Once upon a time, it was dangerous for anyone to find out that you are gay in America.  In many parts of the country, and many professions, that time has past.  But, the danger still remains in some quarters and in some ways. Which brings us back to Aaron Schock.

One could argue that if Schock were to come out as gay, or be outed with definitive proof, it could hurt his political career in a party that is decidedly unfriendly to gay people, especially gay people in posts of party power.


All the pretty shoes Aaron Schock got for Christmas.

Mitt Romney’s national security spokesman, for example, was forced out during the presidential campaign in 2012 when the religious right found out he was gay.  And Schock isn’t just a congressman, he’s also reportedly considering a run for the Illinois governorship, which could lead to even greater things.  The far-right that controls the Republican party isn’t terribly interested in greater things for homosexuals.  They aren’t even interested in greater things for people who support gay people.  In Illinois, the head of the Republican party recently lost his job simply because he supported gay marriage.  Imagine were he to want a gay marriage for himself.

So that might argue for the need to protect Schock’s sexual orientation since, in fact, Schock might be harmed professionally by its revelation.

Aaron Schock is responsible for any harm his sexual orientation causes him

But here’s the rub.  Aaron Schock shares blame for the danger posed to him by his own sexual orientation.

Ever since he was elected to Congress, Aaron Schock gladly partook in, and fed, the Republican party’s virulent homophobia:

  • Schock voted against adding sexual orientation to the already-existing hate crimes law.
  • Schock voted against the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
  • Schock opposes the repeal of DOMA.
  • Schock is against gay marriage; and
  • Schock is for the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would add language to the US Constitution banning gay marriage and likely striking down every gay rights law and ordinance in the country.

So to the degree that the Republican party, and Republican voters, would punish Aaron Schock were he to come out as openly gay, part of the blame for the GOP’s ire goes to Aaron Schock himself, who has been happy to feed the party’s culture of homophobia.

Suddenly, Aaron Schock becomes a bit less victim, and a bit more perp.

Aaron Schock happily bashes gays in Congress, but please don’t bash back

aaron-schock-shaveAnd what’s worse, Schock is happy to subject gays to his party’s anti-gay legislative animus: He was happy to kick gay and lesbian American service members out of the US military; he’s happy to let gays, lesbian, bisexual and trans people be fired from their jobs; and he’s happy to stop gay couples from getting married.

So Aaron Schock is happy to affirmatively harm people based on their sexual orientation, but expects people to not affirmatively harm him based on his sexual orientation.

Do unto others what you’d never have them do unto you, eh Aaron?


Fun little bonus post.  Of the 19 tweets favorited by Aaron Schock on Twitter, 3 are to this guy.  He’s Schock’s most favorited Tweeter:

aaron-schock-twitter-favorite-2 aaron-schock-twitter-favorites

UPDATE: The trainer has now locked down his Twitter account so no one but people he permits can see it.  This happened right after we noted the connection between him and Aaron Schock. This grows curiouser and curiouser.



UPDATE: The gay trainer’s Twitter account is now gone, it’s been deleted entirely.


This is what Court Anderson posted about Aaron Schock before he locked down his account. Of the 11 photos that Court Anderson posted on Twitter, guess who pops up? Aaron Schock. One of the other photos is of a really hot naked guy with a huge member, and not of the congressional kind. Here’s Anderson’s tweet about Schock that I grabbed before he locked the account:


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54 Responses to “Anti-gay GOPer Aaron Schock locks down Instagram account as outing rumors swirl”

  1. AttilatheBlond says:

    Interesting. Thanks for update.

  2. Jeffrey Marks says:

    I wonder if Aaron is reading this blog, because I just got knocked out! I was following him this morning with no problems. I tried to refollow and was told that he’s now manually approving all follow requests.

  3. Hue-Man says:

    A cultural question: What does it mean to be outed in 2014? Let’s say WaPo publishes an article that says “Schock is shockingly GAY” and publishes the (very limited and unspecific) information that is and has been floating around. Schock either 1) denies the report or 2) says nothing. What is the practical result in this new era of broad public acceptance of lesbians and gays?

    Two things have prompted the question. The first is the “ho-hum” response that celebrities (e.g. Tom Daley) received in 2013 when they said something like “I kissed a boy and I liked it”. The second is the openly gay but not “out” status of Canada’s Foreign Minister – it seems to have moved from an “open secret” to “widely acknowledged” but there is almost no pressure for him to out himself. (He also voted in favor of same-sex marriage and been an outspoken defender of LGBT rights so doesn’t carry Schock’s anti-gay baggage.)

  4. rerutled says:

    Just pointing out what you already know: if you keep a diary, or enough notes assemblable from your blog posts, you have a book right there on the history of gays in the Washington GOP.

  5. Exactly. If Mr. Schock were not actively doing all he can to hinder the progression of freedom for LGBT people, this wouldn’t be such a mess. As it is, he made this rather dubious bed and now, for ill or worse, he must sleep in it.

  6. Howe says:

    Out his ass. And print pics of him trolling public toilets if you have them.
    Nothing is more disgusting than a gay person voting against gay rights.
    There’s a special place in hell for them.

  7. I forgive those who sincerely apologize and make amends.

  8. They make them in France. I wear them, but then again, I’M GAY AND GO TO FRANCE A LOT. And look at the color of them? Gay culture anyone?

  9. Thanks Stephen, I’ll go check out the discussion at Joe’s. Thing I’m finding far more pushback on Twitter via my @aravosis account, if folks want to check it out and weigh in

  10. URL?

  11. Indigo says:

    If he’s gay, he’s a quizling. If he’s not gay, he’s a fool. Either way, he shouldn’t be in congress.

  12. Steven says:

    Maybe a turquoise belt is the new pink triangle? I see the opportunity for a new icon here. (The belt, not the man)

  13. Steven says:

    I’m not going down that path. If you do something wrong, realize it, apologize, and make amends, that’s good enough for me. I’m tired of being constantly pissed off at and disappointed by public figures. If one tries to do the right thing, I’ll support him or her.

    But it all depends on what happens from here. The ball is in his court.

  14. AttilatheBlond says:

    Might wanna make sure Mr.Aravosis knows about your offer. This stuff could be good for many blogs to have.

  15. And, having lived in DC 30 years, gay GOPers have long lived a double life, out at work, closeted to the constituents. God, I remember when a couple of the gay congressmen, Rs, who were closeted, would still go to gay parties and stuff. As would every single closeted gay R staffer. Hell, I remember seeing a Jesse Helms staffer at a gay bar in the 90s, we were ready to kill him.

  16. FLL says:

    The famous turquoise belt could become a new form of political protest. Elected officials who are either straight allies or openly gay could all arrange to wear a bright turquoise belt on the same day as a protest against closeted politicians who support anti-gay political agendas. Other pro-equality elected officials could just point to the turquoise belts and say, “What’s this? What’s happening? What’s going on with all these turquoise belts?”

  17. AttilatheBlond says:

    Yep. History will mock these clowns for sure. But the clowns still don’t grasp how and why.

    I join you in hoping more idiot bigots speak their hearts rather than their practiced ‘outreach’. Were it in my power, I would slip them all a mickey to assure they spoke their honest feelings.

  18. Jeffrey Marks says:

    This could all be over if Hod just told the public who saw the shower scene. A journalist from a reputable network? Any guesses?

    BTW, I followed Schock on Instagram — if anyone wants future screens shot, I’m happy to provide.

  19. mike39vt says:

    Gay. Gay, gay, gay. Gay. So very gay. Come out already. No one cares. In Illinois?

  20. Jeffrey Marks says:

    If he knows that the press will never have the spine to out him, why not be as gay as you want to?

  21. Brian_Joness says:

    Just Out him already. Everyone on Capitol Hill knows he’s gay. He is just waiting for the Washington Post to print it. Outing him will put him out of his misery and change his votes while he still holds office. Who knows who might be black mailing him with incriminating photos or texts and for what agenda? It isn’t pro-gay, obviously.

  22. Monoceros Forth says:

    Wow, James LaBrie’s looking much better now since he quit his steroid habit.

  23. karmanot says:

    That belt was the equivalent of a turquoise man purse—-forever etched in the catalog of ‘Mo’ accessories.

  24. karmanot says:

    “I’ll forgive him. We will have to, right?” No we don’t.

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  26. Larry Ft Pierce says:

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  27. Larry Ft Pierce says:


  28. cole3244 says:

    as a straight man i have no problem with someone wanting to remain in the so called closet unless they are making life miserable for those that have come out or been outed by someone else and are just living their lives, that is obvious hypocrisy and should be treated with the disdain and contempt it deserves.

  29. Steven Leahy says:

    Schock and others like him are the most vile of the vile when it comes to the LGBT community. Yeah, by all means he should be forcibly outed. I don’t like closet cases in general but especially the ones with power who engage in destructive behavior and malice towards the very same community they’re part of. Great job John in exposing this filth. They’re having the same discussion about this on JMG in light of your story.

  30. Steven says:

    And now, of course, Crist is married (to a woman!) and a Democrat. There simply is no place in the GOP elected office for a gay man or woman. The party will certainly take money from gay donors, but don’t expect to become part of the elected delegation. That’s why it will be interesting to see the response if Aaron is pulled out of the closet, since he is obviously a rising star rather than at the end of his career, as Craig was.

  31. Ninong says:

    Larry Craig was the only member of Congress who felt the need to make a public statement to the media in 1982 denying that he was involved in sex with male teenage congressional pages. “Persons who are unmarried as I am, by choice or by circumstance, have always been the subject of innuendos, gossip and false accusations. I think this is despicable.”

    Not long after that, Rep. Larry Craig married Suzanne Thompson and adopted her three children from a previous marriage. It was sort of a Rock Hudson moment except that Hudson married his agent’s secretary and she had no children.

    Larry Craig worked as hard as he could in both the House and the Senate to deny equality to gays and to punish gay congressmen, like Barney Frank. If you look up hypocrite in the dictionary you will find a picture of Larry Craig.

    If you look up schadenfreude, you will see a picture of Larry Craig and the young cop he tried to hook up with in that airport men’s room.

  32. Steven says:

    I will forgive him “if he sincerely apologizes for the hateful things he’s done to other gay men and lesbians, if he promises to make amends and then follows though.” That’s what I wrote in my comment.

    I sure as hell won’t forgive him if just comes out and thinks it’s back to business as usual! Oh no. You and I are totally on the same page with this character. Earn it, work for the forgiveness, and we’ll see.

    But…if he does earn it, I will forgive him. Like I said, the closet is a hateful place (just like the example you gave), and it messes with the mind. Who knows how, or even if, it’s affected his?

    Let’s see where and how he proceeds from here.

  33. Ninong says:

    If Aaron Schock wanted to stay in the closet, he should have followed the lead of Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and come out in support of marriage equality.

    “Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this Earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back– government has no place in the middle.” — Mark Kirk, April 2, 2013.

  34. Steven says:

    I was just thinking earlier today how I’m actually glad when these ignorant politicians go on record against gay people, against black people, immigrants, the poor etc. They don’t seem to understand that that moral arc of the universe is always bending toward justice, and they are putting themselves FOREVER on the record, for all future generations, as hateful, misguided bigots. Can you imagine what future generations will make of the Palins and Bachmanns and Santorums and Perrys? I’m not one who thinks history will forget them; I think history will use them as prime examples of the insanity that initiated the downfall of a major political party. And for that, I am thankful for the YouTubes, the Macacas, all the Facebook posts with the -g dropped from the end of a word for authenticity. It’s all on the record now. You won’t be able to shuck and jive your way past your own words.

  35. Thom Allen says:

    I think you’re being much too generous to forgive him after all of the harm he’s caused irrespective of his sexuality. He said he burned his turquoise belt presumably because it caused so many comments that he was gay. That alone is reprehensible. Think of the message it sends. Things that might be perceived as something a gay man would wear should be burned by a “straight” man less they be perceived as a hated gay. No, forgiveness in his case needs to be earned. He needs to work to make up for his hate and hateful actions. An “I’m sorry” is much too little and too late.


  37. TheAngryFag says:

    Agreed John. Being closeted and self-deluded are not mutually exclusive. He could actually believe that he passes as het.

  38. Steven says:

    Yeah, you’re right. I’ve been Googling and looking around after reading it here (I think you’ll win the internet when this goes bigger, John!), I may have to disagree with my earlier post, especially after someone commented that he looked like he could suck the chrome off a trailer hitch and I thought, “Yeah, I guess he kinda does.”

    So…obvious question: what will happen if he gets pushed out? Will Aaron pull a Larry “Wide Stance” Craig and sadly deny it all or will he issue a mea culpa and ask forgiveness? Surely he realizes his political career is DOA in the GOP if he comes out, so he may as well tear up at the microphone, beg forgiveness and switch parties.

    I’ll forgive him. If he sincerely apologizes for the hateful things he’s done to other gay men and lesbians, if he promises to make amends and then follows though, I’ll forgive him. We will have to, right? You can’t beat a man up when he tries to make right for past wrongs. The closet is a brutal ugly place (from what I can remember until high school graduation; after that I refused to give them any more of my life), and it affects everyone differently.

    I hope the story stays alive…

  39. MichaelS says:

    Cue the coming heartfelt, disingenuous self-“discovery” and revelation. It’s Ken Mehlman all over again. As soon as his outing is imminent, or once he’s gotten all he needs from feeding at the trough of bigotry, he’ll go the apologetic “I-struggled-with-these-demons-but-now-have-accepted-who-I-am” route. Make me vomit. Any generosity or “forgiveness” we extend to this beast is wrong. He knows damn well what he’s doing, and why.

  40. Tonic says:

    This isn’t outing someone for being gay, it’s outing someone for being an absolute hypocrite and for being against the very human rights he himself needs. He knows the plight of LGBT’s, yet prefers the privilege he’s gained by harming them. KUDOS!

  41. Houndentenor says:

    Yes, because the mainstream media will not out a celebrity unless there is some other aspect to the story. A crime, an arrest, a sexual harassment complaint. Back in 2008 while everyone was speculating on who McCain would pick for a running mate I was watching msnbc one morning. Chuck Todd commented that he didn’t think Charlie Crist would be picked for obvious reasons. He got jumped on immediately. Everyone was in on the joke that everyone in the media and in politics is well aware that Crist is gay but no one is going to actually say it on the air. That’s still going on where Crist is concerned and quite a few others. Everyone in the Senate had at least heard rumors about Larry Craig. Granted hearing a rumor and knowing something to be a fact are two different things, but it was hardly a shock to anyone in Washington when the story got out. And of course this level of cover-up doesn’t go for anything else (unless you are a Bush and have an arrest record).

  42. AttilatheBlond says:

    That coupled with an all too common GOP foolishness about social media, hell, even the fact that video tapes of their past comments exist. They are so used to propaganda working for them that they seem oblivious to the fact that not everyone has so short a memory that they only know what is spoken in this minute.

    Could be some pols just don’t grasp the concept of privacy settings on their accounts.

  43. heimaey says:

    It’s kind of amazing that people like him are still around. I mean, there’s a lot of gay conservatives out there (the horrible Josh Barro comes to mind). Living like he does seems like such a relic of the past.

  44. Houndentenor says:

    Espadrilles? do they still even make those? Is he gay or gay in 1982?

  45. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Well, yes!

  46. hotstuffpdx says:

    Like Larry Craig he’ll get his. I grew up in Idaho and lived there until my 20’s. Rumors about Larry Craig had circulated for years in Idaho and then that thing happened …. Ugh it pisses me off to no end that someone could do so much harm against his own interests just for a job in congress. What did he think this would never be discovered?

  47. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    He considers himself a golden boy. He’s too much above being outed. His own hubris will bring him down.

  48. hotstuffpdx says:

    shocking right that he locked up his instagram account?

  49. Monoceros Forth says:

    I had to look up what Instagram was. If you want to post photos on Tumblr or whatever, isn’t that what Imgur is for?

    I think it’s truly bizarre how Twitter, Facebook, and other such “social networking” sites are treated, even by powerful men and women in public life, as a place where you can unleash your id and say whatever unpleasant or telling thing you want as though they were the Unabomber scribbling disordered thoughts in his diary. Couples squabble and break up, family members inflict their simmering resentments on each other, politicians indulge in casual racism and bigotry and then get surprised when they get a response that’s not a comradely pat on the ass from a like-minded buddy.

  50. And the President of the United States would never be so obvious as to get a blowjob from his mistress in the Oval office. You’d be surprised what an election certificate does to these men. Invincible doesn’t even begin to describe it.

  51. Steven says:

    I gotta admit, despite the flamingly suspicious Instagram feed, that I agree with S1AMER. He’s just TOO much, too over the top to be both gay AND closeted. A closeted ‘mo would take a little more effort to keep things on the down low. And a pink plaid shirt, turquoise belt and white jeans keep nothing on the down low.

    I don’t get the gay vide as I do the really really weird straight guy vibe, like maybe he’s got an Asian sex slave tied up in his basement or her reads some of that “Cum for Bigfoot” fiction I heard about on CNN earlier today.

  52. Thom Allen says:

    I guess burning that turquoise belt didn’t remove teh gay. Maybe he should have gotten rid of the ruby slippers at the same time. I wonder how long before he has a “Larry King” moment?

    Check out his Facebook page. Many of his constituents, both right and left, don’t seem to like him very much. About 70% of the comments are pretty negative. And now, he’s getting hit with being outed.

  53. bkmn says:

    Love some jewels from Mike Rogers on this topic.

  54. S1AMER says:

    If somebody has evidence, that somebody should publish everything. Pronto.

    On the other hand, this guy has always looked to be to be too much like a Central Casting cliche (the pants! the belt! the absence of a lady friend except for Momma!) to actually be gay. Wouldn’t a real, live closeted cpmgress,am with even higher political ambitions do a better job of at least camouflaging his wardrobe?

    So out him if you’ve got the proof, folks. But if, perchance, some Illinois GOP operatives are leaking stories to harm him in conservative circles, then we need to be careful about advancing their negative agenda by going after Schock ourselves. So I’ll hold off on calling him anything but a “typical loathesome Republican” before I add “hypocrite” to the title.

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