The Guy Who Posted A Pic With Former Rep. Aaron Schock Says He’s Being Bullied

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I realize the post I made the other day has gotten a lot of attention and raised questions about what I stand for. I’d like to address that now. Among other things, it has been assumed that my sole goal in life is to be an Instagram ‘influencer’ and while I have never claimed that, if I were to ever try and influence anyone it would be to do something good. So here’s what I have to say: Aaron Schock and I became friends in 2019. I do not now, nor have I ever shared or supported the views he espoused concerning LGBTQ rights while in Congress. Knowing him, is to know someone who’s viewpoint has grown and changed significantly in the last decade. To affect change open communication among those with differing views is essential. The support our community enjoys can only grow when we reach out to those who don’t share our viewpoint. In that vein I invite you to join me in donating to the @victoryfund , I have already donated $500. The organization works to elect openly LGBTQ persons to protect our community and advance equality. Since my post was made I have experienced bullying and personal hatred on a level that I would not wish on anyone. That behavior can never be justified even when it’s directed toward those who don’t support us. I encourage everyone to fight against hatred and bullying wherever it exists. To do that, please join me in donating to the @trevorproject , an organization fighting to provide crisis counseling to LGBTQ youth – many of whom have suffered from bullying. Once again, I have already donated $500 and invite others to donate as well. I’m not perfect. I am a normal, flawed individual and have never claimed otherwise. But what I do know is hate is toxic and it perpetuates – it is good for no one. I recognize this is only a small effort but let’s do something good together.

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Jeremy Cormier, a New York-based influencer on Instagram is saying that people are criticizing him for being friends with Aaron Schock.

Of course, Aaron doesn’t have a good reputation with the LGBTQ community who is still upset about his long anti-LGBTQ record, which he has yet to apologize for, during his time as U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 18th congressional district.

Now, Jeremy says he’s become the target of online abuse, which has inspired him to donate money to two prominent LGBTQ organizations.

“Aaron Schock and I became friends in 2019,” he wrote on his account. “I do not now, nor have I ever shared or supported the views he espoused concerning LGBTQ rights while in Congress. Knowing him, is to know someone who’s viewpoint has grown and changed significantly in the last decade. To affect change open communication among those with differing views is essential. The support our community enjoys can only grow when we reach out to those who don’t share our viewpoint.”

Last week, Jeremy posted the picture of himself and Aaron strolling along the beach in Malibu along with the caption: “Beach bros.”

Who knows if it’s genuine, but at least he’s putting money in a good place.

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Beach Bros ☀️🏖

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