Posted today to Schock’s Instagram page:
I am gay. For those who know me and for many who only know of me, this will come as no surprise. For the past year, I have been working through a list of people who I felt should finally hear the news directly from me before I made a public statement.
The fact that I am gay is just one of those things in my life in need of explicit affirmation, to remove any doubt and to finally validate who I am as a person. In many ways I regret the time wasted in not having done so sooner.
Once in Congress, I did like I’d always done and threw myself into the distraction of work and what I once understood success to be. That included being responsive to the interests of the constituents in the distract that I served.
Perhaps correctly, perhaps not, I assumed that revealing myself as their gay congressman would not go over well. I put my ambition over the truth, which not only hurt me, but others as well. I also, in retrospect, realize that I was jut looking for more excuses to buy time and avoid being the person I’ve always been.
The post goes on for several self-pitying pages. Schock is apparently currently dating circuit party promoter Eliad Cohen, judging from multiple pictures seen on social media. Today’s formal coming comes after Schock’s X-rated Grindr videos and selfies were widely circulated.
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Congratulations to former Congressman Aaron Schock on coming out and living your truth. But until you show remorse for, and do the work of correcting, your own actions against your community, you can fuck right the hell off. pic.twitter.com/1qLQv8S5aO
— Tom & Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) March 5, 2020
Reminder that if prosecutors hadn’t completely botched the case, Aaron Schock would likely be in prison for using your taxpayer money to pay for massages and Katy Perry tickets. https://t.co/h7vs0fiZPF
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) March 5, 2020