Notoriously anti-gay former U.S. congressman Aaron Schock finally told the world what it long ago knew this week. During his six years in office, Schock earned renowned for his anti-gay voting record.
Earning a 0% rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard, he opposed same-sex marriage and lifting the ban on gays serving in the military. He also voted not to extend hate crime protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity. But this week, he came out as gay.
The Republican resigned from Congress following a scandal about his use of public and campaign funds. An ethics investigation revealed he used taxpayer money to fund “lavish trips and events.” Schock spent campaign and public funds on private flights, cars, and tickets to the Super Bowl and Country Music Awards. He also bought himself cufflinks, cigars, ‘gold equipment’ and massages.
Anti-gay former U.S. congressman Aaron Schock’s Downton Abbey themed office
Moat famously Schock had his congressional office remodelled, at great expense, to resemble the dining room for Downton Abbey. However, he now denies ever having seen the show.
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Aaron Schock’s sexuality
Rumours about Schock’s sexuality abounded for years, mainly because he flaunted and denied it in equal measure.
Numerous photos and videos showed him at gay parties, gay strip clubs and posing shirtless with gay Instagrammers. His nudes leaked and other pics showed him tipping male strippers and putting his hand down a man’s pants at a music festival.
Schock’s coming out
In his coming out post on Instagram, Schock made lots of excuses for himself but no real apology for his attacks on his own community while in a position of power.
Gay Twitter shows a general reluctance to embrace this prodigal son. Though, already in the past, some have shown an inclination to forgive him, seemingly based on admiration for either his looks or his wealth.
— Laura Dern‘s 14 year old dead fish (@AgainColin) March 5, 2020
Aaron Schock’s coming out opus just makes me sad. I’ve always been a “welcome” no matter what person, and I directly empathize with the religious rejection journey at any age, but we’ve been at this too long to not see the blatant calculations and machinations without apology.
— Emerson Collins (@ActuallyEmerson) March 5, 2020
Reminder that if prosecutors hadn’t completely botched the case, Aaron Schock would likely be in prison for using your taxpayer money to pay for massages and Katy Perry tickets. https://t.co/h7vs0fiZPF
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) March 5, 2020
I’m glad @AaronSchock finally feels free to be his authentic self publicly, which everyone deserves, but in his long coming out, I saw a lot of defensiveness and excuses for his extensive anti-LGBTQ record in Congress and missing from it were two words:
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) March 5, 2020
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