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GOP Rep. Aaron Schock Responds to Gay Rumors: ’Look It Up’

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Thursday Sep 6, 2012

Republican Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock has once again denied rumors that he is gay, the Huffington Post reported. Since he took office about three years ago, the 31-year-old politician has had to fight off rumors about his sexual orientation a number of times.

When Michelangelo Signorile of SiriusXM's OutQ asked Schock at the Republican National Convention if he was gay, the politician said: "Those questions are completely ridiculous and inappropriate. I've said that [I'm not gay] before and I don't think it's worthy of further response. I think you can look it up." He then ended the interview.

According to On Top Magazine, gay rumors recently surfaced again because Schock discussed Paul Ryan's body in a gay neighborhood in Tampa during the RNC. TMZ filmed him walking past stores selling gay-related items, like rainbow flags and vanity underwear, all while discussing Ryan's physique.

When he was asked if he had any fashion tips for Ryan he said, "I think Paul’s in great shape. I think a little bit of leaner attire to help accentuate that physique he works so hard to, you know, maintain."

The website points out that the first time rumors surfaced was back in 2004 when a Chicago newspaper asked the congressman if he was gay. In 2009, however, Schock told Details magazine that he is not gay.

The Huffington Post notes that in 2010 Schock’s outfit choice caused the Internet to speculate his sexual orientation as the Republican wore white jeans, a hot pink gingham button up and a teal belt to the White House picnic in June 2010. Schock apparently was upset by the online attention that he tweeted he had "burned the belt."

Last year, rumors popped up yet again when he appeared on the June cover of Men’s Health Magazine, where he showcased his impeccable six-pack. You can check out Schock’s hot bod (and other Republicans) in EDGE’s round up of GOP Hotties.

But Schock has opposed LGBT rights during his political career. He voted against the repeal of the "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" act, which prohibited gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military. He also voted against a legislation that would include sexual orientation on hate crime measures and does not support same-sex marriage.


  • , 2012-09-06 11:03:32

    Why is this newsworthy? We shouldn’t push for people to come out if they are not gay or if they are not ready to accept it. Giving into the media witch hunt to out politicians or celebrities only makes being issues related to sexual orientation more taboo. Hopefully, the gay community can discuss more important topics.

  • , 2012-09-06 11:30:41

    Really the rumors he is gay are solely based on fashion sence? I have a horrible fashion sence that doesn’t make me str8.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-09-06 12:24:56

    Quack, quack.

  • , 2012-09-06 16:54:00

    What is this?! Who cares about the man’s personal sexual preference! It makes no difference; his politics will not change and neither will his opinion on same-sex issues. Let’s move on to bigger and better things people!

  • , 2012-09-07 00:09:52

    It is newsworthy because he may be a hypocrite .. but i think it is more likely he is just a hateful jerk.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-09-07 06:13:56

    Perfectly put.

  • Wayne M., 2012-09-07 21:25:25

    He may be good looking, but I am more concerned about his attitude toward people in need and people who are not well off. I have met lots of good-looking bodies with totally ugly or selfish personalities.

  • DavidRomero, 2012-09-10 00:10:16

    Well this is for sure - if he is closeted and not ready to come out, and the press keeps pressing for an answer, he’ll end up making more anti-gay decisions just to prove his point. If everyone would just leave him alone then maybe we could all gain a valuable ally in the political inside.

  • , 2012-09-10 10:46:38

    I agree with the first comment. This article is no better than a gay bashing article. We shouldn’t constantly claim people’s homosexuality solely based on far-fetched rumors. Leave him alone.

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