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