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#41 Ari

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 07:36 PM

View PostLFC, on 22 September 2015 - 05:20 PM, said:

Holy Rentboy, Batman! OK, this one is only a state-level gay bashing Republican lawmaker, but it appears that the GOP closet is still far from empty.

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 10:22 AM

Can't keep track anymore without the Right-Wing Gay Hypocrite Scorecard ™.
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Posted 06 March 2020 - 10:56 AM

View PostLFC, on 04 February 2015 - 01:57 PM, said:

I wonder if somebody is keeping a scoreboard of outed anti-gay Republicans. Aaron Schock may be next on the list.

What a Schock! The former gay bashing Republican Rep. who redid his office to look like Downton Abbey, regularly posted half-clothed pictures of himself, and made more than a few leading comments has come out. Unfortunately it doesn't sound like it was an "I was an asshole and I owe everybody I hurt a sincere apology" coming out but more of a "Woe is me! I'm the victim!" kind of coming out. I'm not downplaying any stresses he may have endure while growing up but it's time to admit to harming others and take responsibility. He still has a way to go before becoming a decent human being. Let's hope he learns a little humility and gets there one day.

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Traditionally, when an LGBTQ person—celebrity or not—comes out, the immediate response is “Welcome.” But former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock’s declaration—after years of public denial, alongside consistently voting against LGBTQ rights and not telling the truth about his sexuality in a court of law—merits little more than an eye-roll.

This is a coming out which elicits a groan rather than an aww. The winking truth was there staring from the Instagram shots of Schock showing off his buff body around guys in swimming pools or at Coachella. The winking truth was there when he was accused of financial chicanery, and the case surfaced many cherry-on-top allegations, like trying to make his office look like Downton Abbey.

The winking truth was there, most ludicrously, in a rare fully-clothed shot, in which Schock sported a purple-checkered shirt, tight white pants, and a teal belt at a White House picnic.

Online, as more and more of these pictures emerged of a topless Schock at yet another locale which apparently demanded few vestments apart from tight shorts, people not only called out Schock, but the men hanging out with him. A buff body seemingly obscured Schock’s character to many, happily quenched by the cheap thirst he offers.

What makes Aaron Schock special, or different? Well, he is the closet case living in plain view, with shredded abs. He is the extreme homophobe who is also gay. He is the gay man who lies about himself, and simultaneously betrays and hurts other LGBTQ people. He is someone who could have made a difference to LGBTQ people and their rights, and instead chose to actively hurt them in his quest for power. He still seems utterly vapid and self-absorbed.

On his website is his pitch for our sympathy in full; a coming out letter in which he casts himself as the perennial victim.

If you really boiled Schock’s schlock down, it would go something like, “Like so many LGBTQ people in the public eye before me, I wanted power and influence, and was prepared to sell myself and my LGBTQ brethren down the river to get it. Now I don’t have power. But I still want a public profile. So here it is, my big confession. Come ye, come ye, softball interviewers, and I’ll leak all my tears and pleas for sympathy over your cameras. Or I can take my shirt off.”

In his essay, which you can read here, Schock talks about his religious upbringing, and how brilliant a high achiever he was. He loved the attention of entering office, never saw Downton Abbey, dammit, and puzzlingly accuses the media of a “fabricated lie” when it came to his sexuality. Except it wasn’t a lie. He was gay. He was the one doing the concealing, and he was doing it for utterly selfish reasons like many a closeted politician before him.


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Here is what Schock doesn’t make clear in his coming out essay. While he was in the closet and living the high life, he set out to destroy LGBTQ rights. That takes a special kind of vindictive cruelty. Why not be closeted and vote in favor of them? Or not vote at all? Here was a gay man happy to hurt LGBTQ people because he wanted power himself within the Republican Party.

Now he is coming out, and asking the LGBTQ community to embrace him. Anyone who does not (he has been “warned” about this apparently), anyone who might criticize Schock, is “vicious.” Really? Any more “vicious” than a closeted politician out to hurt as many LGBTQ people as possible? His hypocrisy would be laughable if it hadn’t helped hurt so many people.

In his letter to the world, Schock mentions he was anti-marriage equality; and the now-familiar conservative ring-tone that Barack Obama was once too. But Schock’s anti-LGBTQ political record is far more extensive than that, and he doesn’t mention a single word of it.

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Posted 06 March 2020 - 03:31 PM

The former gay bashing Republican Rep. who redid his office to look like Downton Abbey, regularly posted half-clothed pictures of himself, and made more than a few leading comments has come out.

Some years ago, there was a quip about how the GOP big tent seemed to have a lot of closets.
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Posted 06 March 2020 - 04:51 PM

Maybe in psych books one of Mr Shock's photo will appear alongside the definition of "self hating."





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