Conservative media picks up Aaron Schock gay rumor

You have to hand it to the right-wing noise machine.  They’re not exactly the brightest bulbs in the box.  To wit: Lead far-right Web site WorldNetDaily is now writing about growing speculation that conservative anti-gay Republican Illinois congressman Aaron Schock is gay.

Let’s just say that WorldNetDaily – one of the most-read, albeit crazy, right-wing Web sites out there – didn’t exactly do Schock any favors by repeating the allegations, and thus ensuring that the entire conservative echo chamber is now aware that there is some question in some quarters as to Schock’s sexual orientation.

The speculation about Schock has been out there for a while now, but popped up again a few days ago when I published a tongue-in-cheek retrospective of Schock’s then-public Instagram account (he’s since locked the account down and made it private) that included a lot of photos that were awfully gay for a “straight” anti-gay congressman.

Photos like this:


Or this:aaron-schock-shoes

Or this:aaron-schock-trainer

Or this:aaron-schock-wineOr the fact that Schock is following the Instagram account of hot young newly-out Olympic diver Tom Daley:


There have been other non-Instagram photos that raised eyebrows as well.  This one in particular comes to mind:

aaron-schock-white-house-clothesSchock also seems to have a thing for being photographed shirtless.


The extent of his self-admiration is a bit odd, even for a member of Congress.  Sure, they all love themselves, but most do a good job keeping it to themselves.  Not Schock.


Of course, Schock’s problem isn’t entirely that many think he’s a gay Republican.  The problem for Schock is that he’d be an anti-gay gay Republican with a zero rating from the Human Rights Campaign.

Schock, you see, opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, opposes marriage equality, opposes the repeal of DOMA, opposes ENDA (barring job discrimination against gay and trans people), opposed adding sexual orientation to the hate crimes bill, and until recently supported adding language to the US Constitution banning gay marriage and potentially repealing most gay civil rights laws (recently Schock demurred on whether he still supports the odious amendment).

Aaron Schock is pretty much bad on anything and everything dealing with the civil rights of gay people.  Which would be a rather large hypocrisy if it turned out that Aaron Schock himself were gay.

Journalist Itay Hod explored the issue of Schock’s and the media’s hypocrisy in a Facebook post that fed the story even further.

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?

Schock’s defenders – usually conservative Republicans, often of the self-loathing gay variety – claim that Schock is being “bullied” by the rumors about him being gay. Which is a funny accusation for a man that doesn’t even believe in hate crimes, let alone someone who thinks people should lose their jobs simply because they’re gay (especially if they’re in the military).  After all, the lead “danger” any outing campaign poses to Schock is that his Republican constituents, and the GOP leadership, end up forcing him out of office because they find out, or at least fear, that he’s gay.  But here’s the problem: Aaron Schock thinks it’s okay for people to lose their jobs because they’re gay.

You can see the conundrum.

Aaron Schock’s defenders want gay people to accord Congressman Schock the very protections, societal and otherwise, that Schock refuses to accord gay people in return.  And that’s a bit queer.

(I’m told that in order to better see my Facebook posts in your feed, you need to “follow” me.)

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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159 Responses to “Conservative media picks up Aaron Schock gay rumor”

  1. Dav says:

    Hopefully Aaron Schock will get treatment for his mental disorder.

  2. John Q. Username says:

    Is that a bit of a tent pole I see in his gym picture? Is he saluting his “new best friend”?

  3. UncleBucky says:

    He is Goebbels all right, but with a Göring sense of fashion — and worse!

  4. UncleBucky says:

    No, it’s a cartoon slam of that ding-dong Aaron Schock. He’s a public figure and we can say what we want except to threaten him, which is a felony.

    I know of a family member who is anti-gay, retired AF Reserves and all that tripe and was caught wearing women’s undies. Some nice lacey silky stuff, as the one who found out told me.

  5. Lawerence Collins says:

    Um… Unless I’m mistaken, No where in the story did it say that TMZ was there for the shower incident! They had/have pics of him shopping in what can be described as predominately gay shopping areas! I remember the video of that fraud, Schock, during the RNC. in 2012! If I remember correctly, he couldn’t get away from the cameras fast enough…

  6. KS says:

    Out him. Absolutely, pictures and all. I’m tired of these elected officials passing legislation against LGBT rights out of their deep sense of internalized homophobia. Out him and make him face reality.

  7. Ian_Llanganagain says:

    No, but I noticed his cheesy Las Vegas suburban real estate agent’s simulation at a “Euro” wardrobe. He’s dressed *exactly* the way I would expect Liza Minelli’s male secretary would appear at the office on Casual Fridays.

  8. mark_in_toronto says:

    A very valid point.
    And that is the problem with hypocrisy – ” . . . for thee but not for me.”
    Schock’s sexuality should be secondary to his voting record. It’s when the “amount of his gayness” comes off as his character flaw.
    That line in the sand is a very grey one indeed.

  9. kateblue says:

    Or maybe not if his hypocrisy suits him. In the meantime he can use a lot of people, damage some lives and make some horrible legislation that will limit and damage more lives. All the while he’ll have a great time cruising bars, getting laid and generally living like the people he says he hates, getting favors and special protection he doesn’t want others to have…

    So yeah, we really do and should care.

  10. Strepsi says:

    There is a subset of our tribe – the Shallow Gays – who move in flocks around anyone in hotness, glamor or power. You see them around even the most horrendous politicians and reality TV celebrities. They are… not helpful. In many cases (like George Rekers) the Republican will be outed by an escort apalled at finding out who his john is, as escorts are sometimes more activist. But Schock is hot enough to pick up on his own, so his closet has remained intact with his shallow lays.

  11. Strepsi says:

    I love that video! And you forgot right at 2 seconds in, the cartoon poster of a muscleman in leather and a jockstrap! Schock has the air of someone who is “caught looking’ but playing along with the reporter.

  12. Strepsi says:

    True, they especially hate the French. Maybe he can say he’s Freedom-pean?

  13. Strepsi says:

    We’re mocking him on a comment board, not legislating away his civil rights.

  14. robmoore says:

    LOL! Me too. More my physical type than Aaron Schock.

  15. woodroad34 says:

    The other difference is that Monica makes purses and Aaron spits them out.

  16. Strepsi says:

    @ robmoore: shameful confession: Paul Ryan is my hatefuck. I find him sexy on a chemical level. I’d grab him by those ears and bang him like a dinner gong, loudly and angrily.

  17. Strepsi says:

    Unfortunately, being gay, he goes to the dry cleaners a lot more than that straight slob Monica Lewinsky.

  18. Strepsi says:


    I have yet to meet a single straight man who was either hesitant, or uncomfortable, telling me or anyone else he is straight.

  19. Strepsi says:

    But you will receive a faceful of flung feces. Just not worth it to engage.

  20. robmoore says:

    Come now. Imagine it. A crowded, dark backroom, a sling with Aaron Schock in it. You wouldn’t be up for a little revenge or at least some Instagram posts with his face clearly displayed?

  21. robmoore says:

    Sugar, I’m a 59 year old gay man with two children, three grandchildren, two elderly cats, and a retirement future that was effectively wiped out by policies promoted by morons like Aaron Schock. If they want to be tarred with butt clowns like me, they could do worse. I have bigger issues facing me in my life than whether or not Aaron Schock has helium in his ankles.

    Oh yeah, while you’re at it, try developing a sense of humour. It helps.

  22. Inis_Magrath says:

    The obvious reason Obama is in the closet is that being gay is incompatible with him also being a secret Kenyan Muslim.

  23. kevinbenett says:

    He’s gay, but who really cares? He will come out when he’s ready.

  24. evodevo says:

    They’ll turn on him like rabid dogs. Same as they always do – see RedState, Freeper, etc.

  25. hidflect says:

    There’s a ringing noise in my ears from my Gaydar blowing a fuse…

  26. Vance Decker says:

    Anyone who has helped Schock stay in the closet is just as bad if not worse than Schock himself. Revolting.

    Anyone who has had their lives destroyed by an issue Schock voted against in Congress has the moral if not legal authority to exact revenge on Schock and any friends which helped him.

    (of course all of this pre-supposes that the rumors are true)

  27. rmthunter says:

    Odds on Schock running out and getting married to a woman he’s been dating for, oh, about fifteen minutes?

  28. MichaelS says:

    …can’t believe no one is calling him out on that. Sure, he could always claim that making his instagram account private was proper, to protect his privacy, given his public profile — but how can he defend suddenly dropping following Daley? It’s not wrong, just oddly suspicious. Won’t *any* mainstream media ask him that directly?

  29. AnitaMann says:

    That makes him the perfect GOP pol. All for me and none for thee!

  30. xscd says:

    Over at WingNutDaily they’re screaming that there’s “overwhelming evidence” that Obama is gay, so why aren’t gay people “outing” him? :-)

  31. judybrowni says:

    Ye shall know him by his turquoise belt.

  32. There’s a hysterical YouTube video from during the 2008 campaign from some guy claiming he was Obama’s lover. It’s drinking-game worthy!

  33. Lol Obama? Lol!!! Not to mention, Obama’s not a hypocrite on gay issues so he doesn’t meet the outing test.

  34. And guess what? Schock has now quietly dropped Daley, no longer following him.

  35. PLAINTOM says:

    Your solution won’t work for him since his Teabag supporters also hate Europeans, they ain’t real Mercans.

  36. PeteWa says:

    your edit hits the nail on the head.
    I always find it funny how simple those like noneya are, and how much they talk about themselves without realizing it… poor, sad, stupid things that they are…
    but still funny.

  37. FLL says:

    I’d love to see Schock try to use anti-discrimination law in Illinois or DC if the GOP leadership tosses him overboard for being gay.

  38. BeccaM says:

    Nationwide, no. But he’s from Illinois and works in DC, both places that have LGBT anti-discrimination laws.

    So he does, in theory, benefit from a type of law he has deemed unnecessary and wrong. While in Illinois, he also enjoys protection from hate crimes and discrimination in housing and, ironically, the right to marry and to adopt.

  39. FLL says:

    Schock benefits from equal rights victories that are already won, but ironically, he does not benefit from one equal rights victory that has yet to be won—the right to retain your job as a Republican elected official if you are found out to be gay. So let’s all watch while the GOP, and its bigoted base, fires him for being gay—poetic justice.

  40. FLL says:

    What has Aaron Schock done?! The turquoise belt!

  41. PeteWa says:


  42. Monoceros Forth says:

    A while ago in a thread about marriage equality in New Mexico, emjayay made the following comment that stuck with me:

    But certainly the stridency of reactionaries currently is because they are being pushed to the edge by social change, and the black appearing guy in the nation’s daddy role was a bit too much. He had to be illegitimate because he was a symbol and reality of what had happened and an opening to a lot more of it.

    (emphasis mine)

    I think he’s on to something there, a creepy Oedipal undercurrent in the right-wing view of the Presidency and the inordinate degree of hatred toward Obama. Mother America had been married to a good daddy but then she was faithless and dumped him for some foreigner, and they’ve been in a jealous rage ever since.

  43. Vance Decker says:

    I’ve noticed that the gays who make a point of telling you how different they are from the rest, are often the worst, meanest, most gossipy, bitchy drama queens there are. Just because you don’t have a lisp doesn’t make you superior to anyone.

  44. Vance Decker says:

    Damn! Beaten to the top again.

  45. Guest says:

    Is that a pun or are you a top?

  46. Aqueos says:

    Honestly the fact he’s freaking out seems more telling. If there was nothing to find you’d think he’d have the intelligence to just say he’s not gay for the tenth time, shake his head in annoyance, and get on with it. And that would be more believable. The fact that he’s freaking out, closing down his instagram, a guy he followed on twitter deleted his account outright, among other things, to me at least would suggest that the guy is either gay, or needs a serious course in how to react to allegations.

    I will agree though, as of now there’s nothing that substantial, but if there is anyone anywhere with any idea about this, this small explosion will probably make them come forward.

  47. Brian says:

    I think the “his roommate” part refers to the journalist’s roommate, i.e. Schock was a visitor. But, yeah, that could have been phrased more clearly.

  48. 1jetpackangel says:

    The evidence comes in song form now: if you’re homophobic, you’re probably gay.

  49. MyrddinWilt says:

    OK ‘relatively intelligent’…

    As in they are not pandering to people who are as mindbogglingly stupid as Sarah Palin.

  50. Dakotahgeo says:

    Frickin’ hypocrite! Boy, did the right wing zombies get taken for a ride with THIS loser!!!

  51. Rebecca Fine says:

    It’s certainly interesting that an anti-gay Republican congressman has been following a twinky gay Olympic diver on Instagram…

  52. Reasor says:

    That’s precisely it. This is how conservatives exorcise the guilt in the back of their minds over having supported Bush uncritically, to the point of accusing critics of treason.

  53. xscd says:

    No, I don’t believe that strong opinions and an interesting point of view are mutually exclusive, and I don’t see how you could draw that conclusion.

    I was simply surprised at the strength of emotion and vividness of concept (of Duncan Roy’s comments), but impressed with the (to me) unique point of view.

  54. Vance Decker says:

    I didn’t realize we had been graced by a Parisian. Oooh! Let me go and grab my good g-star’s…

  55. Vance Decker says:

    Interesting comment, you think the two are mutually exclusive. You must still watch CNN.

  56. Vance Decker says:

    Oh Duncan. I could have agree with you, if only you stuck to the last portions of your rant:

    “And if he comes out? Like Ken fascist Mehlman before… who caused
    untold harm to gay people if Schock is gay and comes out… it will take
    people like you ten seconds to objectify his abs… go to his pool
    parties and drink his vodka whilst he condemns immigrants and destroys
    women’s rights and turns a blind eye to racist colleagues. But don’t
    worry… he’ll be out and proud.”

    Gays haven’t become anything that they weren’t already. It’s up to us to educate and shame shallow gays otherwise how will they ever learn? By throwing your hands up like an angry drama queen, aren’t you just playing to crowd here?

    Also, I hardly think that you can compare Aarons washboard abs with Ken’s horse face.

  57. Vance Decker says:

    lol…banned from that site a while back….and with a gun as my avatar no less, i guess they really do hate gays

  58. Vance Decker says:

    I agree 100%, the problem for me is that currently a lot of the accusations consist of “my best friend said” type of BS which means nothing to me nor should it mean anything to anyone else.

  59. The_Fixer says:

    If I were him, I’d be worrying about waiters spitting in his food. It would be wise for him to never order Eggs Benedict for breakfast.

  60. The_Fixer says:

    Yeah, I can’t bring myself to forgive him. He’s been making an effort, but after all the crap he pulled, it just seems like so much BS designed to curry favor with those whom he has harmed.

  61. Ullrich Braun says:

    Well stated. I agree

  62. karmanot says:

    Aren’t you special.

  63. woodroad34 says:

    I have to agree. As titillating as it is (I mean, his facial expressions, his out of date 80’s prep –as you call it, his shower twin, his intense body image)….it’d be nice to have some kind of definitive evidence rather than obvious innuendo on an attractive young unmarried man (which is fine by me…he needs as much mud slung his way as possible (and when I say “mud” I’m putting it in language that Republicans can understand–not that being gay is bad, Just like Mitt Romney and the black grand child). He really just has the West Hollywood gay look down pat.

  64. karmanot says:

    I tend to believe them when they claim to be recreating ‘The Last Supper.’

  65. karmanot says:

    You are peeing on the wrong wall troletta.

  66. karmanot says:

    What evah,,,,next.

  67. benb says:

    My 2 cents to Schock: Don’t try to deny it…just tell everyone you’re European ’cause I found that European Men frequently mistrigger American Gaydar.

  68. Monoceros Forth says:

    In an ultimate irony: If he actually is gay, Schock’s official public position is it’s okay for him to be fired from his own job because of it.

    And that’s the real point. It’d be bad enough if Rep. Schock were conventionally hypocritical in the usual right-wing way. When some nauseating old GOP lech like Newt Gringrich starts lecturing us all on family values, we have to work hard to keep the vomit down but really it’s possible to ignore him. Schock, however, actively wants legal punishments for having the wrong sexual orientation and that’s something impossible to ignore.

  69. Casey says:

    FreeRepublic is now freaking out:

  70. Stevie Dix says:

    Regardless of the fact that he’s uber-metrosexual, the fact that he is a 32 year old man that has never had a significant relationship with a female and who makes $174,000 a year but has to have a roommate is more telling.

  71. Monoceros Forth says:

    Oh, yeah. He’s both a baneful tyrant and an effeminate weakling at the same time.

  72. Monoceros Forth says:

    I’m sorry. Are you under some weird impression that Obama’s got a lot of fans around here?

  73. BeccaM says:

    Cargo shorts, just above knee length. You can’t see his left knee. And I’m guessing the weight of the iPhone and/or wallet is keeping that leg from hiking up as much as the one on the right.

  74. BeccaM says:

    I have no forgiveness for Mehlman. He still will not acknowledge the harm he committed as head of the Republican party and as their mouthpiece for all those years.

  75. BeccaM says:

    I’ve written on this before, but I’ll explain further why I think it is completely ethical and moral to ‘out’ someone like Aaron Schock, if he is in fact concealing his actual sexual orientation. I comes down to several factors.

    For one thing — and this is the most obvious — he is a public figure. A U.S. Congressional Representative. He’s not only not at all coy about his 100% anti-gay positions (workplace discrimination, marriage equality rights, DADT, adoption, etc.), he has the power through his political office try to make those positions a reality.

    When the GOP’s Federal marriage amendment comes up for a vote — the one that would invalidate the legal marriages of countless gay and lesbian couples, nullifying their families — Schock’s is a guaranteed vote in favor. He is on record as opposing the repeals of DOMA and DADT. In an ultimate irony: If he actually is gay, Schock’s official public position is it’s okay for him to be fired from his own job because of it.

    Here’s the kicker: If in fact the allegations reported here are true, this means Schock is privately enjoying the legal protections others have fought for and won, while hypocritically opposing those protections in public. If he wants to hang out in gay nightclubs or have sex with some man he’s just met, Schock is protected by the very laws and judicial rulings he claims to oppose. He benefits both from the protections being in place AND by the conservative support he receives by opposing them as a Congressional Representative.

    That’s my take on it anyway. Merely being a public figure alone — such as an actor or sports figure or other famous person — doesn’t cut it as far as justification for outing them goes. Being a public figure who makes public pronouncements about being anti-gay pushes the debate well into that gray area — where I personally am actually in favor of outing, because a person is using his or her fame to promote an anti-gay agenda — but I can understand why some might not agree.

    But when someone is a public figure and has power to make their anti-gay positions more likely to be a reality? And when their private behavior not only belies their public positions and takes advantage of the very protections they would do away with? No question then.

  76. heimaey says:

    Probably checking out the nice physiques.

  77. BeccaM says:

    And asking them why they believe this is not at all unlike trying to get a crazy person to explain why they feel compelled to smear their feces on the walls.

    You will not receive a sensible or sane answer.

  78. emjayay says:

    There is no way that scumbag could atone for his sins without an eternity in hell.

  79. emjayay says:

    I don’t. I like sweet interesting intelligent guys. Being an anti-gay Republican is a total disqualification he would have to be far, far hotter to overcome. Even hotter than he thinks he is.

  80. emjayay says:

    It’s just one of their hundreds of imaginary disqualifying things about Obama .

  81. emjayay says:

    For the millionth time I’ve looked at the beer barrel photo, and I see pants that are half shorts and half long with maybe three extra large iphones in them and no one ever says anything about it. Is it my lying eyes or what?

  82. Steven says:

    Actually, Duncan, I think what brought this discussion back to the forefront was the guy on Facebook discussing a hypothetical closeted Republican who, based on his none-too-subtle hints, was obviously Schock. I believe John just posted the Instagram pics for a good laugh.

  83. xscd says:

    You certainly have some strong opinions–

  84. Scott says:

    He was found in the shower with another man by his roommate! He was trying out his duck dynasty duck soap, and he couldn’t reach his back.

  85. xscd says:

    You think Obama is gay? Why?

  86. noneya says:

    gotta love gays “hoping” the twits accusations is real. he has no balls. name the ‘hypothetical’ congress man you yellow beatch. telling lies for your own profit will end up biting you in the arse and not is a favourable way.

  87. Jay Schiavone says:

    Ken Mehlman hasn’t been atoning. He got very rich from making life miserable for the LGBT population of the US and is now ready to enjoy the fruits of his labor. He bought a multi-million dollar condo in Chelsea and would like to dine out in the neighborhood without having to worry about waiters spitting in his food.

  88. noneya says:

    love the double entendre! leave the gays ‘behind’ LOL!

  89. noneya says:

    such nice, caring, wonderful person/people. now all gays get tarred with butt clowns like you

  90. BeccaM says:

    If Schock was a private citizen minding his own business, then his closet is his own.

    However, he is a United States Congressman. He is on record as opposing the repeal of DADT and DOMA, against ENDA, and in favor of a Constitutional Amendment to ban same sex marriage.

    That means he is not only a public figure, but he is also one with the power — and the willingness to use it — to try to make the lives of LGBT Americans more miserable. That makes him responsible and culpable.

  91. Jay Schiavone says:

    Bitchy asides are not the same as bullying, not even close. Calling someone a bully does not make it so. Please present a cogent argument.

  92. noneya says:

    if you gays are so-o-o intent on OUTING someone how about Obama. or are you just hypocrites?

  93. Jay Schiavone says:

    Yes, I noticed that they each cost about a Euro at Old Navy in Riga.

  94. Houndentenor says:

    Does anyone have any actual dirt? Not his wardrobe. Not his fondness for being photographed shirtless because that would make all the Jersey Shore guys gay too. Guys who hit the gym that hard like people to see their bodies, gay or straight. Does anyone have the confirmed word of an ex-boyfriend. There is a standard of proof and I think you should be able to meet it before making a public claim like Itay Hod has done (even if you are sly about it) otherwise you are a gossip columnist, not a journalist. Maybe there’s no difference in the 21st century based on the superficial way in which serious news is covered these days, but there ought to be. We’ve all gossiped about him for several years now. Unless there’s something more substantial than his 80s preppy wardrobe (which makes him seem uber-Republican more than uber-gay if you ask me) I think we are taking up too much time with this.

    But it would be interesting to see how the GOP treats him if it turns out to be true. Will he get the cold shoulder like Gunderson and Kolbe? Or has the party changed?

  95. robmoore says:

    I don’t actually think any of his outfits look European. More Illinois faux-West Hollywood. I don’t see much of his style in either France or England when I visit family.

    To be honest, a lot of us would bed him in a heartbeat even though we would never vote for him. Call it an anger fuck if you want. If he is actually gay, well then, we can have fantasies about punishment fucks involving his final humiliation.

  96. robmoore says:

    Are you really bitching about other people being bitches about your bitchiness?

  97. Hue-Man says:

    In the Russian vodka boycott discussion, I pointed out how little crossover there was, and is, between gay media and conservative media. I’ve found a way to explain this better: in the Venn diagram for gay and conservative media, the two circles actually intersect – the commonality is Schock following Tom Daley’s Instagram account!

    With all the right-wing gnashing of teeth, it’s a timely reminder that the TeaParty/GOP doesn’t believe there is a constitutional right to privacy and that if you value your privacy you must be with the terrorists. (I personally find the snooping creepy and explains in large measure why I’ve stayed away from Twitter, Facebook, et al.)

  98. karmanot says:

    Go jomicur!!

  99. karmanot says:

    I take exception to the idea that Sullivan is intelligent or a true conservative like Frum. Sullivan has built a career as a Libertarian poser and opportunist.

  100. politicalcynic says:

    How could anyone NOT notice them. *shudder*

  101. karmanot says:


  102. karmanot says:

    “What was he doing walking around there?” Looking for a cock-tail.

  103. emjayay says:

    He dresses like a middle aged guy I work with who lives in Queens (insert joke here) and has his whole life, meaning he has been around NYC all these years. He was pretending to be straight all along, but recent events have sort of ended that among coworkers but he still doesn’t say anything about it, and his parents who he lives near and sees all the time don’t know. And his interests and behavior are stereotypically olde tyme homo.

    So, yes.

  104. karmanot says:

    I need his trainer bear, Ross Thomas.

  105. Naja pallida says:

    I think this is evidence that Republican gays have switched to a belt code instead of a hanky code, since the hanky code is too widely known now.

  106. karmanot says:

    Thank you for leaving!

  107. emjayay says:

    You didn’t notice his Euro aqua belt and Euro fuchsia plaid shirt and Euro white jeans?

  108. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    You’re talking to yourself.

  109. karmanot says:

    Send him on a fact finding mission to Russia.

  110. Moderator3 says:

    You have obviously wandered onto this blog to find a fight. Please fight elsewhere.

  111. AnitaMann says:

    World Net Daily says he’s gay? Huh. I guess he’s straight after all.

  112. Monoceros Forth says:

    What can I say? If you don’t want people to take the piss out of you, stop giving it away.

  113. cole3244 says:

    they know but a vote is a vote.

  114. cole3244 says:

    the comments on this guy are hilarious, keep it up, no stop please stop, lol lol lol!!!

  115. FLL says:

    On vacation? I’m not sure, but that’s definitely Tampa’s gay neighborhood.

  116. Duncan Roy says:

    LOL You just can’t help yourself can you? So fucking predictable. Bitchy asides are the same as bullying. You are a bully.

  117. Cousin Bleh says:

    Oh, I get it… because gay men wear women’s underwear?

  118. Monoceros Forth says:

    .I left the gays behind…

    Leaving them no poorer, I daresay.

  119. cole3244 says:

    short and to the point, plus humor, well said lol!

  120. Duncan Roy says:

    Like you useta bee confused or straight… I devoted my life to gay theatre/film/journalism/ and worked on all kinds of gay equality legislation. I left the gays behind… thanks.

  121. Duncan Roy says:

    I am a European. Were you in Paris this summer? No. Obviously you weren’t.

  122. Ian_Llanganagain says:

    Trust me. He does not dress “like a European” by any stretch of the imagination.

  123. Monoceros Forth says:

    I don’t describe myself as gay anymore.

    ‘Struth, another “useta bee”, who defines himself not by what he is but by what he isn’t any more and reminds you of the fact at every possible opportunity. “I didn’t leave the gay community, the gay community left ME!”

  124. I’d forgotten about this. What was he doing walking around there?

  125. Duncan Roy says:

    OMG what crude and repellent people gay people have become. What bullies, how judgmental and prescriptive. And if you dare disagree one is obviously self loathing. Let’s get this straight… I don’t describe myself as gay anymore. I’m queer and so fucking proud of being queer… while the affluent white gays sink into a sanctimonious swamp. Your facile treatment of Schlock, and assumption that he is gay based on pics of his bare chested, manicured body… says more about you and the type of gays you are and assume the rest of us are. This is BULLSHIT. I thought is was who we were fucking rather than who we were aping that made jus gay. Perhaps he’s asexual… perhaps he believes in some absurd christian/republican dogma… maybe he’s a pedophile… perhaps he’s got erectile dysfunction and hates gays because they are so obsessed with hard cocks? What of it? The guy is a republican hater who dresses like a european and loves showing off his abs… have you seen instagram… tumblr recently. Based on your gay criteria… the whole world would be gay. And if he comes out? Like Ken fascist Mehlman before… who caused untold harm to gay people if Schock is gay and comes out… it will take people like you ten seconds to objectify his abs… go to his pool parties and drink his vodka whilst he condemns immigrants and destroys women’s rights and turns a blind eye to racist colleagues. But don’t worry… he’ll be out and proud.

  126. The_Fixer says:

    I think the only time it’s appropriate to out someone is when they’ve been obvious and when they’ve been working against us. But I agree, idle speculation brings up the problem of “The Accusation”. Idle speculation of whether a particular celebrity is gay when they’ve been minding their own business and not working against the community is counterproductive, IMHO.

  127. oh really?

  128. There’s a reason that people write about closeted gay anti-gay politicians, and it’s usually not for the titillation factor. It’s about drawing a line in the sand and letting politicians know that they will be held accountable to (and for) their own professed beliefs. They bash the community, vote to take away and/or deny us our civil rights, and then in the next breath expect the community to somehow protect them as if being gay is now, suddenly, something worth protecting. Either it is worth protecting or it’s not. Either it is just a sex act or it’s not. Either it is just like being left-handed – i.e., of no great significance – or it’s not. But they can’t pretend that sexual orientation doesn’t deserve protection under the law -or worse is something evil and perverted – but then expect the community to rally around and – what? – protect them based on their sexual orientation. Either it’s worth protecting or it’s not.

    They’re basically asking us to embrace “ENDA for thee but not for me.” Your job is expendable, theirs however must be protected at all costs.

    I’m sure for some writers, this is pure titillation. But for many of us who have been around awhile, there’s a larger logic and intent behind everything we post.

  129. Rob says:

    Did anyone notice that Ross Thomas from HartFit gym has now cancelled his Facebook account… hmmm…

  130. mark_in_toronto says:

    Hypocrisy is the number one evil in the world.
    That being said-
    This tabloid-like preoccupation with ‘who is’ and ‘who isn’t’ comes dangerously close to self-defeating. It’s too bad that one’s sexuality is such a big deal these days. When people just don’t give a shit about it anymore, then maybe we can progress as a species.

  131. The_Fixer says:

    Oh, I remember this guy now. When the fan-fic story came up here, I had forgotten who this guy was. The turquoise belt picture brought it all back, jarring my memory.

    Yeah, I am not in favor of outing people who are minding their own business, not even for public figures who do not try and screw over the gay community. I think it’s best to be out, but to each in his own time.

    But this guy…. well, let’s just say he certainly doesn’t fit that description. and his behavior would indicate that he’s practically begging for it. I wonder if he isn’t subconsciously hoping for this to happen so that he can stop living a lie. He really didn’t have to answer that question from TMZ (in the video that FLL posted below), at least not the way that he did. Very few straight guys would answer that question that way. Most would say “I really don’t know, my {wife/girlfriend} dresses me, ask her” or words to that effect. This guy is clueless to that. He answered that way because that’s the way a gay politician would answer that question.

    Begging for it or not, if reliable information has it that he’s gay, that should be public knowledge. Maybe then he’ll wake up and realize just what skullduggery he’s been perpetrating on the rest of the gay community, and try to make things right. Although he is far from my hero, at least Ken Mehlman has been making an effort to atone for his past sins (which were substantial).

    Of course, Ken is still a Republican, so there’s that little problem.

  132. KipC says:

    Such a textbook psychological portrayal of internalized homophobia. Schock chooses to portray himself in stereotype after stereotype images of a gay hunk, then votes 100% against us. “Us” being the split off part of himself that he hates. This man is screaming to be outed (or in psychological terms we’d say “contained”). How someone this ego fragmented and functioning this poorly could become a US Congressman just speaks to the sickness in the Republican party. He’s taunting you to out him, so out him for before he jumps off a bridge somewhere. I read Chris Geidner on Twitter yesterday complaining about “all of the speculation based on stereotypes.” Sorry, but the real empathy lies in forcing this guy to confront who he is, before he does anymore damage to gays and lesbians, or his own messed up little head. He is exactly what he appears to be and coddling him is not doing him any favors.

  133. Vegas Dave says:

    What’s hypocritical is a Gay politician voting against his LGBT brothers and sisters to keep his job. When you stoop that low, your closet is fair game for the rest of us.

  134. Vegas Dave says:

    If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and appears to act like a duck (on occasion), it probably is a duck.

    Schock’s problem is being a duck who votes against other ducks. You don’t get the right to vote against other ducks without being outed as a duck.

    For those who think outing anyone Gay is immoral, all I have to say is being a closeted Gay while voting against other Gay people and their rights is the greater immorality.

    But then again, such hypocrisy has long lived in the halls of congress (hello Ms. Lindsey Graham) and the outing of Aaron Schock wont change that.

  135. Indigo says:

    He needs me. I can tell.

  136. PLAINTOM says:

    Miss Beard got a better offer from a yet undisclosed NFL player.

  137. drewbai says:

    In Washington circles there has been much talk
    A story was written about Aaron Schock
    A staffer replied
    That the author had lied;
    “Aaron’s not gay, he just prefers cock”


  138. AdamK says:

    Does that mean he’s dumping Miss Beard? How schocking!

  139. Rambie says:

    Some of the story doesn’t pass the smell-test to me. If TMZ has photographic evidence and someone walked in on him and some guy in a shower… there should be enough already. I find it hard to believe TMZ would sit on this if they had proof.

  140. FLL says:

    The best video to date is an interview video of Aaron Schock strolling through Tampa’s gay neighborhood right here in Florida. At the 0:05 mark, he passes a sidewalk billboard with a six-color gay rainbow on it. At the 0:30 mark (seen on the video thumbnail below), there is a gigantic six-color gay flag painted onto the side of a building in the background. At the 0:23 mark, Schock regales the reporter with the following assessment of Paul Ryan’s body:

    “I think Paul’s in great shape. I think a little bit of leaner attire would accentuate that physique that he worked so hard to maintain.”

    The video is here:

    Aaron Schock wants Paul Ryan to wear tighter clothes to show off his bod. Charming. No wonder there has been so much Aaron Schock/Paul Ryan fanfiction hitting the Internet. Apparently, that fanfiction didn’t appear in a vacuum. Here is one of the most lauded pieces of fanfiction yet:

  141. PLAINTOM says:

    In a totally unrelated story, Congressman Schock is pleased to announce his engagement to Miss Suit .

  142. PLAINTOM says:

    FRC has a well stocked liquor cabinet.

  143. timncguy says:

    If Schock is gay and not celibate, who is it in the LGBT community in DC that is helping him stay in the closet? If it is true as reported in these stories that TMZ keeps finding him trolling gay bars, where are the other patrons of these bars? Are there conservative, republican gay bars in DC that keep the closet door closed for hypocritical politicians?

  144. MyrddinWilt says:

    Well to be fair, those plaid trousers… Have you ever seen a gay man THAT badly dressed since the 1970s ended?

    Or is that just what gay men look like when they are still in the closet and lacking fashion guidance from other gay men?

  145. Steven Leahy says:

    Love the Tinky Winky picture LOL

  146. Steven Leahy says:

    I think as long as he is working with them to destroy his own people and walks around in shame, refusing to acknowledge who he is except in dark circles of bars, bathhouses, etc, they probably are willing to tolerate him.

  147. MyrddinWilt says:

    He is afraid because he has built his career pandering to the anti-gay bigotry of his tribe. And people like that are always the worst bigots because they always feel like they have to give a little extra hate so that people won’t suspect them.

    He will be better off in the long run. We are approaching peak wingnut. The GOP may hold on to the House this year but they are peddling a politics that most of the country considers toxic. It is a matter of when not if the bubble bursts. Sooner or later they will have a blow out defeat. The Tea Party wing will be burned and the party will be inherited by the far but intelligent right like Andrew Sullivan and David Frum. Being one of the first to leave, even if involuntarily will be an advantage.

  148. jomicur says:

    If the conservative media is only now figuring out that Schock is gay, that’s just one more indication of their general cluelessness.

  149. jomicur says:

    What is “hypocritical” about defending ourselves against scum like Schock? He is a public figure, using his power and position to attack our lives, our rights, our dignity and our families. He is Josef Goebbels but with a worse fashion sense. Do you also think Matt Shepard should have tried to “talk to and help” Henderson and McKinney? And I just have to ask: We should reach out to him and “help” him…do what, exactly? Stay in his closet? Keep attacking us? It’s really too bad you think we should be the passive wimps the media likes to portray us as. Fortunately, the rest of us disagree. Self-defense is NOT hypocritical.

  150. CTloathesJoe says:

    My favorite comment on the World Nut article is this: “A hypocritical politician is just “low hanging fruit” so to speak.” I mean really… must be a Tea Bagger posting that one.

  151. MrTouchShriek says:

    I guess this is what some people term a “glass closet”?

  152. annettek says:

    Awww, it’s Meggie McCain I feel sorry for. She just loved those tight little buns.

  153. tmess says:

    The guy posing with him in the gym looks an awful lot like a Kristen Bjorn porn star- Jalil Jafar.
    Someone told me…

  154. Ferdiad says:

    If he is gay, and is afraid for whatever reason to come out of the closet, I think it is pretty hypocritical of the gay community to go after him like this. Maybe instead of attacking him people should try and talk to him and help him.

  155. Jim Hightower says:

    If you read the article and then the comments at WND (I could only take the first 20 or so before I felt like throwing up) it just baffles the mind how utterly beyond the pale these people are. WND may have picked up the story but the tone and the comments of these nutters is generally supportive of Schock. The entire premise of hypocrisy couldn’t be more alien to them. Stunning.

  156. heimaey says:

    Great job John. Looks like this is gaining some well-deserved traction.

  157. Lawerence Collins says:

    Someone needs to tail him 24/7 expose this odious fraud.

  158. UncleBucky says:

    “There’s no ladies here”, says Aaron Schock, quickly reaching for a moment to check which underwear he has on at the moment….

  159. Henry Owen says:

    The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

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