Last week former Congressman Rep. Aaron Schock was photographed with a crew of hot gay men at Coachella and it caused a social media frenzy.
A day later a video surfaced showing a shirtless Schock kissing a man with his hand down a his pants. This added further fuel to the red hot gay fire.
Schock’s appalling record of voting against gay rights, including marriage equality and the repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell while never confirming or dening his own sexuality enraged the community. Some, like former Rep. Barney Frank feel that if Schock is gay, he should be exposed because of his history of voting against equal rights for LGBTQ people.
The men who posed with Schock of course were blasted all over social media, and two of them in the photo posted an apology on Instagram:
“In regards to the picture we took at Coachella, Rob and I have been out since we were 14 and 15, respectively; and living as proud gay men in a loving relationship, who hope to get married one day. We are entirely against Aaron Schock’s values, views, and actions.
We had just met Aaron on the day of the photo at Coachella, and before posting it, we were embarrassingly unaware of: who he was, his political views, and the extent of his negative impact on the LGBTQ community which we are proudly a part of.
Rob and I wanted to take a photo with our friends at Coachella, to celebrate our last day there. Being polite, we allowed Aaron –who was basically a stranger to us and someone we just met – to include himself in our photo.
We would not have allowed Aaron to join the photo, nor would we have associated with him if we had more knowledge of his beliefs and past actions. For our own political ignorance, we are deeply sorry.
We hope Aaron does decide to come out publicly and live the gay life he so freely enjoyed at Coachella, the kind of life so many out and proud LGBTQ individuals have fought for and have made possible for younger gays like to live today.
And we hope if or when Aaron does decide to come out and own his actions, he apologizes and makes amends with the LGBTQ community, because he certainly owes us one.”
Somehow, none of this Schocks me…
Outing is a brutal political tactic that should be reserved for brutally anti-LGBT closeted politicians. Aaron Schock has a brutal anti-LGBT voting record and he deserves to be outed.https://t.co/dTRPQubhzn— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) April 17, 2019
Just FYI, if you’re one of the gay guys currently palling around Coachella with @aaronschock, I hope you’ll encourage him to not only come out but to come out against his INCREDIBLY HOMOPHOBIC voting record while he was selling all of us out in congress. https://t.co/f8WjTXRVqG— Kit Williamson (@kitwilliamson) April 17, 2019