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Courtesy of HuffPo:

Former Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) opened up about his sexuality on Instagram Thursday, confirming in a lengthy post that he is gay.

Schock, who resigned from Congress in 2015 amid claims he misused taxpayer funds, said the news would “come as no surprise” to his family, friends and associates. Still, he said he felt compelled to make a public announcement “to remove any doubt and to finally validate who I am as a person.”

“I can live openly now as a gay man because of the extraordinary, brave people who had the courage to fight for our rights when I did not: community activists, leaders, and ordinary LGBT folks,” the 38-year-old wrote in the post, which also touched on his Christian upbringing and ascent into the political sphere. “I recognize this even in the face of the intense and sometimes vicious criticism that I’ve received from these same people.”

During his time in office, Schock opposed marriage equality and the 2011 repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which prohibited gay and lesbian people from serving openly in the U.S. military. He also voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which expanded the 1969 federal hate crime law to include victims targeted because of their sexuality and gender identity and was signed into law in 2009.

Schock claims that if he were in office today his votes would support the LGBTQ community, but he also did not apologize for failing them in the past. 

You know it’s all well and good to say you support LGBTQ rights after leaving office, but it would have mattered a whole lot more when Schock had the power to actually help implement change on their behalf. 

Aaron Schock was a coward, and he does not deserve to be celebrated now that he has finally admitted who he is. 

Which makes me once again ask the question how much of a self loathing gay man must you be to run for Congress as a Republican?