Totally Not Gay Republican Aaron Schock demonstrates his surfing skills while flashing his washboard abs (real or spray-on — you decide) in a Defiant Demonstration of Absolute Heterosexuality.
For nothing’s straighter than a surfer, right folks?
The trial that led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in California included harrowing testimony by a gay man who had undergone “conversion” therapy to try to turn him straight.
[The Book] describes Walker blinking back tears as he listened to the man’s testimony in 2010, recalling the therapy he had undergone three decades earlier to try to unsnarl uncertainties about his own sexual orientation – but it was a nightmare not revealed publicly until now.
In the late 1970s, when he was a lawyer in his early 30s, Walker says in the book, he had never had a relationship with a man, knew that an acknowledgment of homosexuality would hurt his career and decided “to see a psychiatrist about my … affliction.”
Becker writes that Walker told her the psychiatrist – after some counseling that Walker no longer remembers in any detail – ultimately determined he was not actually gay because he had not yet had sex with a man.
“And he pronounced me cured,” recalled Walker – who “wanted badly to believe that was true,” the book says.
It wasn’t. And the whole experience boiled up again in unwelcome memories for Walker in 2010 when 26-year-old Ryan Kendall of Denver took the stand at the Prop. 8 trial.
That’s when Kendall described how his parents, who had learned about his sexual orientation from his diary, forced him to see a Christian therapist in Southern California at age 14. After a year and a half of insulting and abusive therapy, Kendall ran away from home and spent the next decade depressed and periodically contemplating suicide, he testified.
It was “the most touching testimony at trial,” Walker told Becker.
The “conversion” therapy episodes are among several the book reveals as Walker recalls his internal struggles over his sexuality – and whether, or how, to disclose it.
He says he had “faux romances” with women, entered his first relationship with a man in his late 30s, and was thinking of coming out publicly – but pulled back when he found himself representing the U.S. Olympic Committee in a trademark suit against a San Francisco organization that wanted to call its athletic competition the Gay Olympics.
Walker won that case, but his tactics led gay rights groups to oppose his nominations to the federal court, by Ronald Reagan in 1987 and by George H.W. Bush in 1989.
After some years on the bench, as Becker describes it, he “began to live a little more openly,” occasionally visiting a gay bar, and being seen at social events with his partner, a physician. But he went public with his orientation only in April 2011, more than two months after his retirement.
Sing us out kids! (You too Aaron)