James Buchanan: the REAL "first gay president"?
For your convenience, I have pasted the part of the article explaining why Obama (aside from the fact that he is not gay) is not actually the first gay president. If you click the link, you can read the entire article, which also examines America's history of tolerance.
and after his four years in the White House. Moreover, the nation knew
it, too -- he was not far into the closet.
Today, I know no
historian who has studied the matter and thinks Buchanan was
heterosexual. Fifteen years ago, historian John Howard, author of Men Like That,
a pioneering study of queer culture in Mississippi, shared with me the
key documents, including Buchanan's May 13, 1844, letter to a Mrs.
Roosevelt. Describing his deteriorating social life after his great
love, William Rufus King, senator from Alabama, had moved to Paris to
become our ambassador to France, Buchanan wrote:
am now "solitary and alone," having no companion in the house with me. I
have gone a wooing to several gentlemen, but have not succeeded with
any one of them. I feel that it is not good for man to be alone; and
should not be astonished to find myself married to some old maid who can
nurse me when I am sick, provide good dinners for me when I am well,
and not expect from me any very ardent or romantic affection."
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