Over 100 Years of History with Gay Relationships
I’ve posted before about the relationship between President John F. Kennedy and Lem Billings. Back in those days no one used the word gay, but I think it would be safe to say that if Lem Billings were alive today he would be referred to as gay. And he was JFK’s best friend and advisor for life. They were inseparable. I’ve posted about it many times and it’s in all the books. Of course, all the books have toned down the relationship, and a good Kennedy will never be openly gay, but it’s still another kind of gay relationship that happened in the past. And it probably had nothing to do with sex.
And because everything gay-related has always been so painfully censored in the past, we know very little about gay history or gay culture. The shame and stigma associated with being gay was so strong in the past that it was simply ignored for the most part. Even President Johnson had a gay man working closely with him for a good deal of his life. And that turned out to be a terrible scandal. His name was Walter Jenkins and I’ve posted about him before, too.
So when I see things like this I always stop and check them out. You don’t see them very often.
Anyone needing a dose of heartwarming gay history in uncertain times, look no further than Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love the new photo book from married authors Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell.
Here’s the rest. These photos really are fantastic.