HOAX: Only grandson of JFK posts article about being gay at Yale–only to see it yanked offline


UPDATE: This story has been revealed as a hoax since its posting. Gawker reports to have heard from Jack via his Yale e-mail address: “The article was written by someone who impersonates me online. I did not write the article and, for the record, am not gay. Thanks.”

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED: The only grandson of President John F. Kennedy, John “Jack” Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg, is a 21-year-old student at Yale University, where he’s the editor in chief of Yale’s official blog, The Bulldog. It just so happens that he’s also gay—and it seems that someone in charge doesn’t want that to be advertised.

On the morning of February 13, Schlossberg posted a link on his Twitter to an article he’d written: “Being Gay at Yale.” Negative reaction to the article was surprisingly swift—and not in the comments.

Just minutes after posting the link, according to Queerty, Schlossberg followed up with:

Jack Schlossberg @JJSchlossberg lh I would identity myself first as a proud Yalie. And then..that.

Jack Schlossberg @JJSchlossberg lh Yale was one of the first academic institutions in America to tolerate openly gay students and professors

One could say those Tweets sound oddly defensive. The reason why became clear only fifteen minutes after Schlossberg linked to the article, when he posted:

Jack Schlossberg @JJSchlossberg 45m @MikelFernandez3 our senior editors @eschindz & Emma Rappaport took it down . I have no idea about the reason behind it. I’m sorry

Schlossberg’s Tweets, courtesy of Queerty, are quoted instead of embedded because his account has been locked, meaning only those following him can see them; his page states, “Only confirmed followers have access to @JJSchlossberg’s Tweets and complete profile. Click the ‘Follow’ button to send a follow request.”

A search on Facebook did not find any publically-accessible pages; according to a 2011 post from The Kennedy Legacy on Tumblr, “The Schlossbergs live very privately [sic], and with a few exceptions the grandchildren of JFK did not grow up in the spotlight.”


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