Since then, Instagram posts like this…
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Challenged by cadets at West Point to complete the Combat Water Survival Lab which is their toughest requirement for graduation. The associated press describes it as "Perhaps the mother of all swim tests – Survival Gate # 4 – can be found at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Weighed down by heavy equipment, cadets must perform several tasks in a pool amid simulated battlefield chaos. Artificial fog, rain, and deafening noise are pumped in, darkness is punctuated only by strobe lights, and the water is churned by artificial wave makers.” #almostdrowned #goarmy
…have only served to further fuel the speculation.
Then there’s the fact that, after resigning from office, he relocated to West Hollywood, where he’s become a regular fixture at his neighborhood spin studio.
And the fact that the vast majority of the 430 people Schock follows on Instagram are half-naked white instagays.
Seriously, it couldn’t be more obvious. And yet Schock has gone to great lengths to avoid talking about his sexuality, going so far as to purportedly use a woman named Karla Gonzalez as a beard, bringing her to political functions and introducing her as his girlfriend.
Then last week, the rumors were officially confirmed when Queerty obtained a photo allegedly showing Schock at Coachella engaged in a full lip lock with another dude, his hand searching for something down the front of the guy’s pants.
Then we obtained a video of it.
While it is the position of Queerty not to out public figures, we make one serious exception when someone has actively hurt LGBTQ people or causes and then refused to own up to it.
If the photos are accurate, Schock is out enjoying freedoms won through the sweat and blood of a community he directly harmed at every step of his political career.
But not everyone seems to agree. There are some who feel that, despite his horrific record when it comes to advocating for and advancing antigay policies, it’s never OK to out a person.
Meanwhile, others argue that Schock outed himself when he reached down another guy’s pants in front of thousands of people at a music festival.
Here’s the debate…
@aaronschock did not deserve to be outed. I will never promote forced outing of anyone. This does NOT mean I am negligent to the hateful ‘politics’ he has against his LGBTQ+ community. Using someone’s sexuality as a weapon and promoting its ‘deserved’ nature is unfortunate.
— Casey Thibodaux (@kittycathibs) April 17, 2019
Didn’t Aaron Schock out himself when he made out with a dude (and grabbed his dick) in public among straights? How is anyone upset about him being outed? Coachella isn’t a gay bar.
— Taint Behavin’ (@taint_behavin) April 17, 2019
i was astonished to learn that aaron schock hadn’t already been outed, and i eventually realized that i had mentally categorized the photos of his congressional office as outing him pic.twitter.com/GzU9oE9xw2
— chive harp (@jacquesdairyda) April 17, 2019
He’s a private citizen now leave him alone
— James kirk (@jkirk1946) April 21, 2019
So, there are a lot of media reports from 2014 where he WAS outed and he left office shortly after that. it has been 5 years. At this point we need to realize a struggle in coming out, it is tough for many folks but what ever dudes.
— Dashric (@TJLisoski) April 18, 2019
Unpopular Opinion: Aaron Schock is a private citizen and it is no one’s damn business what he did or didn’t do with whom while at Coachella. He didn’t cede his right to privacy because he served some time in Congress. Also, this wouldn’t be a story if he wasn’t hot. Bye.
— Caleb Grossman (@CalebGrossman) April 17, 2019
Nobody outed Aaron Schock. He was making out with a person of his same sex in public. Send tweet
— phil (@PrettyGoodPhil) April 17, 2019
What ~I~ don’t understand about this Aaron Schock drama is why people are surprised. This dude was outed YEARS ago. Why does this continue to be a story?
— gregory (@popLOCKEdropit) April 17, 2019
I 100% disagree with everything #AaronSchock stood for and still find people tracking down and posting a private picture of him with another person completely detestable. Another example of why online “activism” is just a bunch of fucking bullies regardless of what side you’re on
— Necroxis (@Necroxis9) April 17, 2019
You don’t get to enjoy freedoms as a gay man by cavorting at Coachella and then vote against LGBTQ+ rights. @aaronschock deserves to be outed. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.
— Kyle Malinda-White (@kylemalinda) April 19, 2019
Daily reminder that the media is in fact, the enemy of the people, and the enemy of basic human decency and privacy. That was not afforded to Aaron Schock because he’s the “wrong” type of gay man.
— Kyle Raccio (@kyleraccio) April 17, 2019
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