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UPDATE: JFK’s Grandson Jack Denies He’s Gay, Says Tweet Was From Online Impersonator

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UPDATE: Gawker reports to have heard from Jack via his Yale e-mail address, who writes, “The article was written by someone who impersonates me online. I did not write the article and, for the record, am not gay. Thanks.”

UPDATE: The Twitter account @JJSchlossberg, has been deleted.

We previously reported:

John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg, better known as “Jack” to his friends at Yale, is the only grandson of President John F. Kennedy. And he’s also gay.

The 21-year-old is editor in chief of Yale blog The Bulldog, and this morning he sent his twitter followers to an article he’d posted titled Being Gay At Yale.

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Except when you click the link, the article has vanished.

This is where things start to get interesting. Jack followed up with these messages:

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Then only 15 minutes after he’d linked to the article:

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Sure puts this tweet from Feb. 9 into perspective:

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Just in the time it’s taken to write this post, Jack’s Twitter account has been locked, so it’s clear someone is trying to brush his coming out under the rug. From what we can tell, he’s a bright young man with all the potential in the world, so we hope he’s able to get past his handlers and share his story with the world.

Cheers, Jack!

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56 Comments

  • Cam

    That is the sick closet that some supposedly liberal magazines or organizations used to do. Back when the NYTimes would refuse to run obits mentioning a persons partner. And now you have people at Yale’s Magazine erasing a person’s coming out?

    Trying to force an out person back in the closet is exactly what NOM, the LDS church, Righ Wing policitians etc… are all about. A shame it happened at a college magazine.

  • DistingueTraces

    Good job not knowing how the internet works, Yale.

    Obviously the deletion just makes the post a bigger story, and obviously you can’t actually erase it from the web.

  • mattyhenrik

    Wow thank goodness I followed him before this. Wow this shit is going down lol look at what he said.

    http://i.imgur.com/pZ8ywjv.jpg

  • Charlie in Charge

    Oooh one from our royal family. Welcome out.

  • hyhybt

    If it’s really his Twitter account, why would anyone else be able to lock it?

  • Dev.C

    I think it’s real because as of now his Twitter Account is non existent. This is beyond fucked up. Queerty obviously didn’t make up this report, but I can’t find anything online that references him besides dating Taylor Swift. Would this confirm that she is indeed a beard for most of the guys she dates?

  • JohnnyRalph

    We should totally spam Yale’s twitter about this

  • JohnnyRalph

    @hyhybt: Secret service

  • tada-no

    Something doesn’t add up. I don’t buy the accusation that Yale tried to silence a gay student. Either it was a fake account under his name or his own family forced him to go back into the closet, which is more likely. In this day an age, every university wants a high profile gay on campus as all these coming out buzz stories generate PR publicity for how progressive institutions and corporations are when they embrace their gays.

  • renly

    @Dev.C: not the same Kennedy as the one who dated Taylor Swift

  • mlbumiller

    @mattyhenrik:

    no longer valid link

  • SteveDenver

    @tada-no: What doesn’t add up is that this probably wasn’t some kind of official school action, but a stupid thing done by one of the blog editors.

  • hyhybt

    @JohnnyRalph: Well, of course they could shut down pretty much anything, but why would they be involved in the first place?

  • MrEguy

    Now Jack’s twitter account has been deleted.

  • MrEguy

    It seems that the one who censored Jack’s post as “inappropriate” is Emma Schindler @eschindz. Jack’s remaining previous posts are here: http://yaleherald.com/author/jack-schlossberg/
    Send tweets to @eschindz @YaleHerald and @Yale as well.

  • LadyL

    Wow, how screwed up is that? And why is that editor allowed to get away with it, if she is indeed responsible? Just who the hell are Schindler and Rappaport to try to shove Jack Schlossberg into the closet? Was this solely their/Schindler’s decision or is it being directed by the Kennedy family? I would have thought Caroline was more progressive than this…

  • Cam

    @tada-no: said.. “Something doesn’t add up. I don’t buy the accusation that Yale tried to silence a gay student.”

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    This wasn’t “YALE” this was one or two editors at the Magazine.

  • robho3

    This is so bogus. He is not gay. All that twitter post is talking about is gay policy at Yale. God people, really? If he was gay then he would come out publicly.

  • Cam

    Interesting how everybody from all of these famous families are all so brilliant that they seem to have no trouble getting into YALE and Harvard. Bush, the Kennedy’s etc…

    Again, interesting how every single member of a wealthy famous family has such qualifications huh? ;)

  • DuMaurier

    @bmwblonde: Okay, so Yale is “like that”. Or was. It still doesn’t make sense they would do this–at least not without direction from “someone”. For one thing, it wouldn’t work; if Schlossberg posted those tweets taking them down wouldn’t accomplish anything–it’s not like he’s tied up and gagged in a basement somewhere. And if they did this against his wishes the fallout would be a zillion times worse than whatever you think they’re fear because a famous student comes out. (And even stipulating to everything you’ve said about Yalie history I’m unconvinced they WOULD be afraid of anything at this point in time)

  • joey

    GOOD LORD PEOPLE ! CALM DOWN…this is porobably a fake story..cheez and if he was gay i cant imagine his family not being supportive. and as far as the comment that all these people from wealthy famous families make it to harvard and yale….well think about it..if your rich and famous dont you think your schooling your entire life is the best it could be, money would not be an issue so in fact i think it would be very odd for any of these people NOT to get into an ivy league school…now DEEP BREATH…

  • MrEguy

    @robho3: Apparently you missed Jack’s tweet, shown above in the article, wherein he states: “I would identify myself first as a proud Yalie. And then..that.”

  • PARKAVMAN

    It’s going to be hard to get this genie back in the bottle even if he isn’t gay.
    Who really cares anyway, the Kennedys aren’t much of the powerhouse politically that they used to be. Plus the fact, they are pretty liberal so I doubt that this would be that upsetting to them. I’m sure somewhere in that group there are gay family members.

  • Dakotahgeo

    I am very proud and supportive of Jack Schlossberg! Best wishes to you!

  • M K

    It’s great in this day and age that he could disclose. Too bad his uncle didn’t live long enough to be able to come out publicly too.

  • Jackhoffsky

    He has more rich, white last names than should be legally allowed.

  • mezzacanadese

    Just be glad that, if it is true that Jack Schlossberg is gay, he doesn’t have to play football with a bunch of Neanderthals.

  • Redpalacebulleaglesox

    This is an good lesson in the dangers of the “social” media. Back in the day, claims of this nature were checked out before being published. Now, anyone can say anything about anyone else and it gets instant dissemination. Back in the Watergate days, Woodward and Bernstein didn’t publish anything until all information was cross-checked.

  • Respect4all

    I’m truly shocked. JFK’s grandson goes to YALE!

  • jmmartin

    All I can say is, OMG. He has to be the handsomest man alive. What I wouldn’t give to be 50 years younger, ripped, and good looking, though as it is I’m not smart enough to have gotten in an Ivy League school. I know his mom will be supportive of him. I know I am, but when I saw your headline and clicked on, bringing up that photo, I had the surprise of my life. I almost fainted.

  • jmmartin

    @robho3: Not necessarily. His family is famous and he might be uptight about revealing something that he feels would hurt someone close.

  • that_dude247

    He obviously got his looks from his grandmother’s side of the family. Thank goodness.

  • Kangol

    @that_dude247:

    He looks a lot like his father, Edwin Schlossberg, with his uncle’s and grandmother Jackie’s dark hair.

    Gay or straight or bi or trans or whatever he happens to be, let’s just let him be himself. And imposters pranking him or anyone else like this is pretty wack.

    Yale is famously gay-friendly. Too bad it isn’t Harvard or Princeton, though. LOL

  • jonjct

    @DuMaurier: oh, wait, did you say “tied up and gagged in a basement somewhere”? … hahahaaaahahahaha.

  • niles

    We see you are maintaining your high journalistic standards by falling for a fake Twitter account.

  • DCNimbus

    Seriously Queerty- this is now the THIRD wrong ‘outing’ you’ve reported on in the last few months. This is not at all helpful to harmonizing the gay and straight populations- not to mention your wild speculation on why the Twitter account and article was removed. You immediately ascribed malintent to Yale and the Kennedy family without regard to the possibility that it was all a hoax by a stalker. Could you wait about 20 nano-seconds next time before you post a story like this? And maybe do some work to VERIFY FACTS? It’s really getting annoying. You have a lot of work to do in restoring trust to your readership.

  • jonjct

    @Cam: Cam, i cannot figure out if you are off-topic, insane or both. what does this article have to do with right wing politicians? if anything it’s the kennedy’s pushing this young man back in the closet so it doesn’t ruin his reproductive chances with women. remember he is the ONLY grandson, given that jon jon was probably kinda gay himself. this boy almost HAS to reproduce to keep the line going. and when jackhoffsky said “has more rich, white last names than should be legally allowed”, hahahahahha, so true !!! and those names have to be passed along, by sharing the contents of this cutie’s um, well, yeah with a female of the species.

  • GayYalie

    To anyone who wants to see the article, here it is http://imgur.com/V0k3kA5 We had class together and I’m pretty sure he’s gay and this article proves it. Yes, this whole thing wouldn’t be viral if Queerty didn’t report this story in the first place but it happened. It brought unwanted fame and he couldn’t handle it.

    1) He removed the article himself
    OR
    2) Or the editors did it

    I prefer the former

  • GayYalie

    @GayYalie: I think he was ready to come out but some of you probably freaked him out? Just leave him alone. It takes weeks, months, years to muster up the courage to come out

  • jonjct

    @GayYalie: can’t open it, is there some other way to post this?

  • GayYalie

    @jonjct: Screenshot of “Being Gay at Yale” article or pic with his rumored boyfriend?
    Both works fine for me

  • Lestar

    He resembles Anne Hathaway

  • sportyguy1983

    It seems he isn’t gay and this was a fake twitter account, but the damage has been done because people will always think he is (how do you prove a negative). If this twitter account is really his, it wouldn’t surprise me if it was an elder Kennedy family member that made him disable his account. This is a family after all that institutionalized one of their own for decades because she was mentally retarded. They can’t let anything tarnish the Kennedy name.

  • sportyguy1983

    yawn!!

  • Niall

    He looks like a slightly less refined Cilian Murphy.

  • MrEguy

    It doesn’t make sense for a fake account to have protected tweets AND also be in communication with another editor, Emma Schindler (@eschindz), whose tweets are also protected (not been publicly readable). It also doesn’t jive that the @JJSchlossberg twitter account was suddenly, instantly disappeared.

  • DShucking

    HuffPo credited Queerty as being the first to report this. You’d think that would be a badge of honor for a small site like this but all it does is point out that Queerty jumped the gun and reported gossip which turned out to be a hoax.

  • BruceMajors

    Stay off bridges kid!

  • dean089

    So what? Every day it’s blah, blah, blah, acceptance and blah, blah, blah bullying is bad, but when it comes down to it the gay media is first to pounce. IT IS NOBODY’S BUSINESS.

  • Rock Star

    Sorry I missed this article when it was new, but I feel it is important for folks to know that gayness and gay acceptance is nothing new to the Kennedy family. I am surprised that most of my gay friends do not know that President Kennedy’s best friend since grade school was a gay man. Lem Billings first met Jack when at Choate when they were teens and were inseparable for the rest of JFK’s life. Lem even had his own room at the White House. There are many biographies of their relationship on line, but my point is that the entire Kennedy family loved Lem, and the children of John, Bobby and Ted were his pallbearers, and they all called him Uncle Lem… So a gay Kennedy relation? So what? The clan has no qualms about gayness. I don’t know or care about Yale’s attitude. College students in particular are naturally peculiar, so anything said at any school is subject to misleading conclusions, as they tend to change their attitudes each semester, and as one slogs slugging from freshmen to Senior.

  • EvonCook

    Well, this Kennedy has a very gay Uncle, a half brother of Jackie. So interesting that two of the word’s most glamorous women, Jackie and Princess Diana both had gay brothers. Diana’s was strictly controlled, hidden and really driven to exile and drugs. Even his gay novel was suppressed, bought out and essentially eliminated.

  • baggins435

    @JohnnyRalph: 1) This guy doesn’t have SS protection.
    2) The Secret Service has made it clear on previous occasions involving the actual children of POTUS’ that they are to protect their lives, not keep them from doing something foolish or embarrassing.

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