Now that Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Illinois) has announced his resignation from Congress amidst a massive spending scandal, plenty of people are weighing in on the situation and on what Schock’s next move should be. One such person is 74-year-old former Congressman Barney Frank. The first thing the openly gay former Congressman said in response to the sudden resignation was, “Was he outed or what?”
Well, that is actually a valid question, considering the fact that Schock has a huge record of voting anti-gay. He voted against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” as well as any and all hate crimes protections for LGBTQ people. So, to that end, if Schock actually is in the closet as Frank is implying, an outing would be very damning news- for Schock, at least- indeed.
Frank, who came out officially in 1987, is certainly no stranger to closeting himself to get ahead politically. However, the difference is, he was never a hypocrite. He still fought hard for gay rights from inside his closet and never supported anti-gay legislation. So, to that end, there was nothing to be said about his choosing to stay closeted for so long.
Schock would be a different story, though. Frank said of the situation to Business Insider:
I will say this, I don’t know if he’s gay or not. But if he is, he’s forfeited any right to privacy because he votes anti-gay. My view is that people who are gay who vote to support the right of other people to do it have a right to privacy, but the right to privacy does not include hypocrisy.
That’s the point the LGBT community has been trying to make about closeted queer politicians who vote against our basic civil rights for years: We don’t care if you’re in the closet, half way out, ambiguous about the whole thing, or anything else. However, if we find out you’re a closet case who votes against our rights, we’ll out you, in a big way, and have a high old time doing it.
Frank went on to say with regards to Schock, when asked if he should come out:
Of course he should. Yeah, if they’re [the rumors] true, and I don’t know that they are. I have to say, if they’re not true, he spent entirely too much time in the gym for a straight man.
Now, to be fair, Barney Frank is an older gay man who came out in the 80’s when all those stereotypes were bought into a whole lot more than they are now. But, Frank does have a point- I wonder how long it will take for Schock to get caught cruising the sauna room at a gay gym? Time will only tell. However, I, for one, can’t wait. If it is true, and he gets caught, I’ll be the first to submit the entry to Gayhomophobe.com, a site completely devoted to making sure that the misdeeds of closeted, anti-gay politicians are preserved on the internet forever. In Schock’s case, it would definitely be well deserved.