Decade of Decadence

The 10 most explosive political gay sex scandals of the last 10 years

As we enter into the roaring ’20s, Queerty is looking back on the last 10 years of culture in our “Decade of Decadence” series. We’ve seen an explosion in queer representation in film and TV, music, politics, and on social media. We’ve grown more aware of intersectionality, gender identity, and sexual fluidity and we’ve seen major social and political advancements across the globe. It’s been wild, wonderful decade, and we can hardly wait to see what the next one has in store.

A proud conservative Christian from Ohio caught having sex with another dude in his government office after hours.

A Republican lawmaker from Illinois busted for using his ex-girlfriend's nudes to catfish unsuspecting men online into having cybersex.

A Tea Partier from Michigan outed for faking his own gay sex scandal to distract from his real-life straight sex scandal.

The 2010s were a banner decade for antigay politicians getting caught with their pants around their ankles, giving credence to the age-old saying that those who protest the loudest usually have the most to hide. Here's a look back at 10 of the most explosive political gay sex scandals of the last 10 years...

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Wes Goodman

The self-described “Christian. American. Conservative. Republican” from Ohio resigned in 2017 after a staffer walked in on him having sex with another dude in his office. Shortly after that, screenshots of the sexts between Goodman and several other men leaked online, as well as internal emails about his involvement with an underage boy at an antigay fundraiser in 2015. Then not one but two different guys came forward to say they’d hooked up with him after meeting him on Craigslist.

Related: That time disgraced GOP Rep. Wes Goodman fondled a male teen at an antigay fundraiser

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