01/07/2014 09:29 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

17 Politicians Who've Faced Gay Rumors Or Sex Scandals

When journalist Itay Hod took to Facebook last week and insinuated Republican Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) is gay, he reignited a complex and precarious argument about the ethics behind outing public figures.

The issue of outing has been hotly contested among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists since the early 1990s when William A. Henry III published an article titled "Forcing Gays Out of the Closet" in Time magazine. It continued to be explored through other texts such as HuffPost Gay Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile's 1993 book Queer in America: Sex, the Media, and the Closets of Power.

As outing continues to be a divisive issue within the LGBT community, let's take a look back at a number of other politicians who have faced gay rumors or sex scandals in the past, including some of whom were publicly outed as a result.

17 Politicians Who've Faced Gay Rumors Or Scandals