Were Washington, Lincoln and Nixon gay? - North America - ANSA.it
& Nbsp; & nbsp; Were big presidents like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Richard Nixon secretly homosexual? And like them, were other "sacred monsters" of American public life and culture, such as the writers Hermann Melville and Mark Twain?
& Nbsp; & nbsp; This is what the US writer and gay rights activist Larry Kramer is trying to demonstrate in a full-bodied 'fictional' study, of which the first 800-page part was published, which has already split the US. 'The American People: Volume 1 - Search for My Heart' has sparked the debate in the American press in recent days and today the British Guardian is also reporting on it. Also because it is an in-depth study that has taken away 40 years of the life of Kramer, now 79 years old and in poor health. The stated aim of the titanic work is to demonstrate how homosexuality tends to be banned, discriminated against by history books and biographies. "It may seem fiction, but it is not," assures Kramer, who recalls how most of the historical essays were written by heterosexuals: "Not a single history book has been written in which gay people have been part of history from its beginnings It is ridiculous to think that we (gays) have not always been there. "
& Nbsp; & nbsp; According to Kramer - author of plays such as 'The Normal Heart' and 'The Destiny of Me' and the unpublished novel 'Faggots' (derogatory term for gays), Lincoln's official biographer, Doris Kearns Goodwin, had a "hysterical crisis" when the hypothesis of homosexuality of the president who abolished slavery was suggested, "but only because she hadn't written it first". Again according to the historian, the man who assassinated Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, did so not because he was partisan of the Confederates who were losing the Civil War, but because the president had "rejected" him. "Just look at the photographs of Wilkes and the other conspirator (against Lincoln), Lewis Powell to see how full they were of their beauty. We call it 'gaydar' (fusion of the words" gay 'and' radar ', that is the ability intuitive of homosexuals to see similar orientations in others, ed), a quality that 'straight' historians do not possess. "And so also Mark Twain, according to Kramer," had an intense gay life ".
& Nbsp; & nbsp; Just a provocation then? Historian Ron Chernow - author of a biography of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States, which Kramer claims was openly homosexual - argues that "one cannot plunder history to put it at the service of one's political agenda", and others say that "The American People" does not provide any concrete documentary evidence of what it claims. But in defense of Kramer rushes the LGBT rights activist (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual), Aaron Hicklin, according to whom the presence of homosexuals in history is chronologically traced back to Oscar Wilde. Before it seems that homosexuality never existed.