For many people (and especially those in the public eye), coming out as gay to the public isn’t easy despite the lessening stigma of homosexuality. But it’s a whole different thing to be “outed” and not even be gay -- if it is just a rumor, of course.
The only grandson of the late President John F. Kennedy was allegedly outed on Twitter by an impersonator, it was reported Thursday. John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg, Caroline's son, who is known as Jack like his grandfather, was the supposed author of a tweet that went viral on Thursday, Queerty.com reports.
The rumor started after a supposed story from a Yale University blog, where the 21-year-old student is the editor in chief, was posted to his account. So what’s the big deal? The title of the article from “The Bulldog” was “Being Gay At Yale.”
The peculiar thing about the link is, as Queerty noted, when users went to click on it the article vanished. The tweets following the article read: “I would identify myself first as a Yalie. And then … that.” Another said, “Yale was one of the first academic institutions in American to tolerate openly gay students and professors." Fifteen minutes after the article was up, he followed up with another tweet that said it had been taken down. “I have no idea about the reason behind it,” he wrote. “I’m sorry.”
Days earlier, Jack tweeted on Sunday soon after NFL hopeful Michael Sam came out: “If you’re gay and live in an ideal world there would be need to make a public announcement,” he said. “Congrats to Michael Sam.”
But the article, Jack’s public Twitter account and even his handle @JJSchlossberg were all soon deleted, Queerty.com updated. Later, Gawker reported that Schlossberg responded to the blowup via his Yale email account.
“The article was written by someone who impersonates me online,” he wrote. “I did not write the article and, for the record, am not gay. Thanks.” One more thing: “I believe the link [to the article] was a fake in the first place.”
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