Former Republican Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock has come out as gay on social media.
“I am gay,” he wrote in an Instagram post and on his website on Thursday (March 5). “For those who know me and many who only know of me, this will come as no surprise… 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.”
“Perhaps correctly, perhaps not, I assumed that revealing myself as [my constituents’] gay congressman would not go over well,” Schock wrote in his coming out letter. “I put my ambition over the truth, which not only hurt me, but others as well. I also, in retrospect, realize that I was just looking for more excuses to buy time and avoid being the person I’ve always been.”
“The truth is that if I were in Congress today, I would support LGBTQ rights in every way I could,” he continued. “I realize that some of my political positions run very much counter to the mainstream of the LGBTQ movement, and I respect them for those differences. I hope people will allow for me the same.”