Out former Congressman Barney Frank’s first question upon learning his former college Aaron Schock was resigning was, “He was outed or what?”
And 74-year-old Frank, who came out publicly as gay in 1987, knows a thing or two about keeping his sexual orientation a secret.
He spent much of his political career in the closet, but that didn’t stop him from fighting at the forefront of the gay rights movement. Those who did know he was gay respected his privacy. That’s a distinction Frank feels is paramount to how Schock is treated in the media.
He told Business Insider:
“I will say this, I don’t know if he’s gay or not. But if he is, he’s forfeited any right to privacy because he votes anti-gay. My view is that people who are gay who vote to support the right of other people to do it have a right to privacy, but the right to privacy does not include hypocrisy.
Schock consistently voted anti-gay, opposing hate-crime legislation and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
Frank doesn’t think it’s too late for Schock to start telling the truth, though. Asked if he thinks Schock should come out now that he’ll be leaving Congress, he said:
“Of course he should. Yeah, if they’re true, and I don’t know that they are. I have to say, if they’re not true, he spent entirely too much time in the gym for a straight man.”