Is Aaron Schock gay? Is the Pope a Catholic?
The answer to the second of those questions is clear. But the first? Schock’s position is don’t ask, because he won’t tell. And maybe he’s just a metrosexual. That could explain why the conservative Republican who resigned from Congress (in March 2015 amidst a scandal involving his use of public and campaign funds to decorate his office in the style of “Downton Abbey” and party hearty on private jets) keeps showing up on social media hanging in California with other gay boys in sexy swim suits and shorts.
The latest images show Schock hanging in and around the pool at what apparently is the Standard Hollywood,the mis-named hotel that actually is in West Hollywood at 8300 Sunset Blvd.
One of those images was sharedrecently by Erik Larson, a popular gay journalist and Instagrammer, on his Instagram page, which has 41.6 thousand followers. Those with access to that private page have shared on Facebook the photo of Schock in the pool chatting with a shirtless dyed-blond boy with scruff who meets today’s standards for most gay stereotypes. “Voted against repealing don’t ask don’t tell, voted to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage, ruining my birthday,” says a comment across the photo.
Then there’s the photo of a swim-suited Schock engaged in another poolside conversation with a buff boy. “Oh look, it’s the disgraced hypocritical Republican former congressman Aaron Schock at our hotel pool with some boy who’s on Scruff right now,” says the poster of the photo. ”He voted against gay rights and has the nerve to show up here like he’s on a gay honeymoon. Can someone please drag him? It’s my birthday and I want to watch. Loser”
Schock, who appears to have left his suits and ties in DC, also was photographed recently at Coachella showing off his six-pack with his arms wrapped around Keith Anthony, the acknowledged gay fitness trainer and John Duran’s appointee to the West Hollywood Business License Commission (and former fitness trainer), and Anthony’s boyfriend Ty Tixier. Queerty.com, the nation’s most popular gay website, has published photos of someone it claims was Schock engaged in more intimate contact with a Coachella guy.
James Duke Mason, a prominent local figure in West Hollywood, has called out Schock on Facebook for his Coachella appearance.
“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,” Mason said. “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 realized 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.”
But perhaps those upset with Schock’s poolside escapes should give him a bit of a break. After all, given that he wasn’t elected to represent the 18th District of Illinois until 2009, Schock had never been able to enjoy the glory days at the the U.S. Capital swimming pool when men “used to walk around fairly in the nude” according to Herb Botts, the manager of the House gym and pool. That ended in 1985 when then-Rep. Barbara Boxer from California’s 6th District and some fellow female representatives demanded access to that gym and swimming pool. “Now they have to be very, very careful how they dress,” Botts said of the male members of Congress.
Oh, and by the way, has anyone seen our new neighbor Peter Thiel lately?
Hey…maybe this guy is at the beginning of a long messy coming-out process. We don’t know what’s inside of him, driving him to have made all of these choices. We are only seeing what he did before and what he is doing at this moment. The unknown line between those points is what makes it a difficult pill to swallow because we don’t know where his head is right now. People sometimes change and sometimes that change is slow and arduous, and sometimes actions and explanations aren’t in sync. Yes, it would be great to get both an apology and… Read more »
He declared war against the gay community. We shouldn’t forget. And yes this matters. He supported taking away civil rights. Washington Post on Schock: “He has supported an amendment to the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. He opposed President Obama’s 2011 decision to not defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) against court challenge. Schock voted against the 2010 repeal of the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the armed forces. And he voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Schock’s voting record is so anti-gay that he earned a zero… Read more »
This article is perfect for to bring light on these type of people. The more we make bring attention to their problems with the community , the less is their gay card valid. If there are more pix out there, bring them up! I can’t stand guys that brag about their lives by oppressing others that have no means to defend themselves. Good job to the staff who wrote this article! For once, I see some material that’s worth sharing here.
Please let it go. It serves no purpose. Live and let live.
As a Jew, I have never said about Hitler “Let it go. It was no big deal – live and let live”.
While not as an extreme situation, Aaron Schock repeatedly legislated against gay rights and tried to make the lives of gay people in his small community in Illinois and the rest of the country, miserable. He could at LEAST apologize and try to make things right. You can’t denigrate the gay community and then try to benefit from it.
“As a Jew”? There are many Jews on this chain and in Weho that don’t agree with you. Leave the man alone. Find something to give you purpose in life.
I really do not see how this is important enough to be written about in the paper. Come on guys. Each one of us decides when/if we come out as well as how we vote. Shaming someone is ridiculous. Given all the other things that could have been written about I can’t believe this was. Move on! If he’s really gay eventually he’ll come out and asmit it. Gay rights & Gay pride was not built upon a bedrock of forcing people to identify or vote a particular way. Shaming him is ridiculous, tacky & childish..
You don’t get it. Aaron Schock has been enjoying the life of private gay parties and luxury vacations w/ boyfriends (on taxpayers $$ ) for many years now. It’s no secret that he has been living as a gay party boy for quite some time. But now that he has moved to WeHo, he has busted down the closet door and wants to insert himself into a community he worked so hard to destroy. He didn’t just make one or two little mistakes. He voted for every piece of anti-gay legislation that he could and trashed the gay community while… Read more »
I would like to emphasize to people have the right to be lambasting a hypocrite, that with people within Washington who alleged in the past decade that Aaron Schock engaged in gay sex all the while voting against gay rights laws or dissenters of the family rights campaign, having handlers and enablers from having Aaron’s own homosexuality being exposed. He was the few fortunate politicians who had people protect or cover up his sexual exploits and proclivities and his gay sexual liaisons in a hyper sexual city! Mainly gays who protected his identity and allowed him full access to gay… Read more »
He’s undermined are community. He has a right to his beliefs, but to his own detriment. Must be hard living in two worlds. We’re divided as a country politically and by sexual orientation. We need to have serious discussions in are society. I’m tired of the extreme right and the extreme left, pushing their narrative on the world. Common sense approach. I’m not interested in his six pack or his proclivities for other men , who have six packs. I’m interested in healing are issues and moving forward.
Who are these basic gays who hang around him just because he’s cute and has notoriety?
Enough already. Whatever demons he was dealing with (or may still be) about coming to terms with his sexuality are his demons alone. Was he a horrible foe to our (his?) community? Yes. Do I hope that he’ll fully come to terms with his (alleged) sexual orientation, grow into a better person, take full responsibility for his past actions, make amends and do good deeds going forward? Yes. But this continued public shaming isn’t going to help him on his journey…and really, for anyone struggling as he may be, don’t we want to be a supportive, loving community? I say… Read more »
Aaron fired the first shot by voting to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage. He declared war on the gay community and return fire is fair.
Agreed! Aaron wanted to come as strong political person. Instead, he came out as hypocrite and idiot! It’s fine to Shame big celebrities (AKA Kevin Spacey) but it’s not ok to shame the guys who live a closet gay life yet they want to enjoy the fruits of others who have fought hard for them? Acceptance is not something we do now that we have rights. We point them out!
For real??? He deserves FAR more public shaming than he has gotten. If he made one or two missteps in Congress, I could forgive him. But he was in Congress for many years and REPEATEDLY voted in support of any and all anti-gay legislation And now he wants to casually insert himself into the gay community and benefit from a community that allows him to be freely open. And yet, his gay, liberal brothers and sisters who made it possible for him to live openly as a gay man are the gay liberals who he opposed and whose ideas he… Read more »
He’s a horrible person, as bad as Roy Cohn. He needs to apologize for the damage he’s done to the LGBTQ community.
what about the gay idiots who continue to embrace him?
I guess a six-pack forgives everything
Reminds me of the National Enquirer and not really newsworthy.