Aaron Schock Slams Instagram Closet Door After Rainbow Unicorn Escapes

peeking-out_PBCongressman Aaron Schock of Illinois, GOP closet case with all the correct anti-gay tickets punched (opposed DADT repeal, supports federal “marriage amendment”, opposed Shepard/Byrd hate crimes law, opposes DOMA repeal, Zero rating from HRC) was carefully outed by CBS/Logo gay anchor journalist and TMZ employee Itay Hod.


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

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?

(Link to Itay Hod’s entire Facebook note, preserved forever on Gawker)

John Aravosis compares the “private zone” Aaron Schock appears to be permitted with that of other politicians, around sexual behavior — and even their own religion as well:

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.

Finally, a review of Schock’s actual record:

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.

Joe Jervis reports that two days after John Aravosis’ post two days ago (“The 7 gayest Aaron Schock Instagram photos“) the Congressman has now locked tight his Instagram account.

JMG reader Michael reports that Schock today made his Instagram account private. Previously the account was open to all, including non-members. Read into this as you will.

Horse, barn door. Or, in this case, Rainbow Unicorn, closet door.

UPDATE: Howie Klein tweets:

Howie Klein ‏@downwithtyranny 31m
GOP leaders say they will accept Aaron Schock’s gay closet thing “as long as he’s like David Dreier or Jim McCrery & not like Mark Foley”

So, Aaron Schock is a closeted heterosexual?

(Note: Itay Hod has not worked for CBS for two years.)

9 thoughts on “Aaron Schock Slams Instagram Closet Door After Rainbow Unicorn Escapes

  1. Teddy Post author

    When people ask — and they will — “Why do you care?” here is my reply:

    Aaron Schock has proven himself the enemy of LGBT Americans in every vote and every policy.  Why protect his precious closet any longer?  He is our enemy.  If he also uses his privileged place as a Congressman to protect his closet, why does American media participate?  Why do LGBT Americans participate?

    He is our enemy.  We must therefore expose him for the hypocrite he is.  Or be complicit in his actions against us all.

  2. Lisa Derrick

    “…this congressman has also been caught by tmz cameras trolling gay bars…”  And much more should have been made of it. This guy is awful. I am all for outting this type of hypocritical scum.

    1. Teddy Post author

      He is the enemy, and he hides in plain sight.


      Women can vote against women’s rights.  While it seems odd to me, at least these woman cannot claim not to be women.  Just as Allan West cannot claim white privilege when he calls out President Obama (being that he’s also a Black American) so should Aaron Schock own his discriminatory views: sure, be a proud GOP and hew to the party line on all things GOP.  But don’t hide behind your faux-SASA (straight-acting-straight-appearing) midwestern white Congressional privilege while you shower with other men in your own home, and troll gay bars to get laid.  


      You can’t have it all, Aaron Schock.  You’ve got to either own your homophobia or your homophilia.  You can’t own them both.

  3. Teddy Post author

    Since the journalist (nameless) in Itay Hod’s report is the one who supposedly came upon Aaron Schock and his roommate in the shower together, why does the journalist get to remain nameless?  Aren’t journalists who “shield” closeted politicians part of the problem Hod is bemoaning?

    Why not name the journalist?  

  4. sushimorgan@gmail.com

    Can we be clear on where Mr. Schock’s congressional district is? He represents an agricultural area of western Illinois. It has long been known as “Forgottonia” because it has little clout or sway with Illinois legislators. His district was gerrymandered into place by the Republican redistricting of 2010 to made it solid Republican. A respected Democrat named Phil Hare was ousted and young Aaron slithered into office. Previously the district could be Democratic because it is home to a state university, Western Illinois University, and the northern-most area in Rock Island had some African American voters. That part was removed and now the farmers outnumber the students.
    If people are sufficiently outraged at Mr Schocks hypocrisy, or, his exploitive use of gay rights issues, I would suggest communicating this to the 12,000 students and few hundred faculty and staff at the university. There one may find some empathy for gay rights. If any kind of challenge can be offered in 2014 perhaps there is a chance.
    Otherwise, Republican voters will not give a rip if he’s gay or  not, so long as he votes in lock step with the party.

    1. Teddy Post author

      Thank you very much for this local data.  There are many members of the class of 2010 who don’t deserve to be in Congress, but for the gerrymand.  Will there be a local Democrat who will challenge Schock?  Or might there be a family-values GOP sufficiently outraged by his being gay to primary him?

      Any new info you can provide would be greatly appreciated!