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That Viral Photo Depicting A Young, Gay Mike Pence Is Not Actually Mike Pence

The man pictured is actually retired porn star Brad Patton, not the vice president-elect.

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A photoset alleging to show Mike Pence’s "secret gay past" has spread all over the internet after being posted to Facebook on Sunday. There's only one problem: The young man pictured on the right is not Mike Pence.

Facebook user Luis Macias shared the photo on his personal account after a friend sent it to him.

"I didn't know if it was real," Marcias told BuzzFeed News. "I knew it would blow up because of all the controversy around him and his homophobic stances."

Pictured on the left, an official headshot of the vice president-elect, and on the right, a blonde and bare-chested young man — who looks a bit like Pence, apart from the blonde locks and brown eyes.

Macias captioned the photo, which has been shared over 12,000 times: "Mike Pence – blast from the gay past.”

The side-by-side images quickly made the rounds on Twitter:

Nothing ever stays in the past :)


As a few skeptical commenters were quick to point out, the young man labeled as a "young Mike Pence" is actually retired porn star Brad Patton.

Twitter: @Doogi_

Brad Patton, also a talented figure skater, earned himself a silver medal at the 2006 OUT games in Montreal. A fantastic figure skater, but definitely not Mike Pence. traced the original posting of the Patton photo to

Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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