Gay Information Hidden: Gay Lem Billings and John F. Kennedy’s Lifelong Relationship
Once upon a time, two good looking young men met in boarding school in the 1930s, a friendship began, and they shared a wonderful relationship for the rest of their lives. These two young men were Kirk LeMoyne Billings and John Fitzgerald Kennedy. They would travel together, live together, share almost every aspect of their lives, and would remain devoted to each other through the best and the worst times of their lives. When Kennedy would get sick, Billings would be there by his side to help nurse him back to health. And Billings would support Kennedy, and the entire Kennedy family, for the rest of his life with encouragement and true unconditional love.
With that said, I finally had a chance to read Jack and Lem by David Pitts, and I couldn’t put it down. It’s the story of a gay man named Lem Billings who fell in love with John F. Kennedy while they were both students in boarding school, and this story has never been told quite this way before. It’s not sexual, and it’s not about sexuality. It’s about the strong emotional bond and the relationship Billings and Kennedy shared all their lives. It’s a relationship that Kennedy’s friends knew about. Kennedy’s wife knew about it, too, and Kennedy’s family encouraged it. And there was nothing untoward about this relationship and it’s a story that needed to be told.
And I think that’s what I loved about this book the most; the fact that it was written and that it is out there for everyone to read. In every other bio about JFK you’ll see the name Lem Billings mentioned briefly, but you’ll never get any real details about the impact these two men had on each other. It’s an amazing story just because it exists, and not many people actually know about it. And to keep this kind of relationship hidden all these years shows just how guarded and homophobic the world has always been.
The book doesn’t draw any conclusions about JFK’s sexuality, nor does it suggest that there’s proof there was ever a sexual relationship between Jack and Lem. No one will ever know that for certain. Back in those days the word Gay wasn’t even a term used for men like Lem Billings, and he was not even remotely open about himself. That’s how things were done in those days. This book simply shows facts about how devoted Lem was to Jack, and how much Jack seemed to need that kind of devotion in his life. And it’s a shame all this information about Lem Billings has been hidden all these years…and that Lem has been kept hidden by the mainstream media. He deserved better than that, because he was, indeed, a huge part of the Camelot myth that was created by Jackie Kennedy.
I can’t say enough good things about this book, and you’ll also read some interesting facts about gay history, too.
You can check the book out, here. I read the digital version.
Man Who Raped Dozens of Men
We read a lot about rape and rape culture these days, but rarely ever about men who are raped. And this happens more often than not. This story is proof. Maybe we’re finally going to make this a discussion, too. Most men who’ve been raped won’t even talk about it, let alone report it.
Sinaga lured men to his flat by presenting himself as a “Good Samaritan,” according to prosecutors at his trial. However, once there, he would drug them, sexual assault and rape them.
Here’s a link to more. The rapist has been sentenced to life in prison. It’s a fascinating, informative article and people should read it.