After the historic moments that went down last week, what better way to celebrate Independence Day than looking into America's queer past? Whether it's President Lincoln's sleepovers with his male companion, the woman who wrote one of America's most famous patriotic anthems and was believed to have been in a lesbian relationship or the heroic Civil War general who historians argue was gay, this slideshow represents a hidden side of America that many never knew ever existed. And if you're interested in learning more about America's queer past, an excellent starting point is "A Queer History of the United States" by Michael Bronski. US Edition U. Coronavirus News U. HuffPost Personal Video Horoscopes.
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The Revolutionary War Hero Who Was Openly Gay
Tim Kent's Civil War tales: Homosexual Civil War Leaders
Don't worry, the two biased historians you mentioned were not taken seriously by the scholars. Even liberal historian called "BS" on their assertions. They knew better. Homophilics has a higher standard of historiography than your heterophilic presumptions backed up by years of hysterical homophobic religiosity -- filipped with an acute case of microphallia; and that's all you're putting on the line with your autonomic skepticism based on very little. Homosexuality turned out to be more than the rumor of discreditation and a match setting fire to a pyre that you suggest. Gay men were putting not only their years of homophilic culture on the line, not only their invention and implementation of History Xenophon on the line, but their HONOR.
Civil War Casualties
Gay men have always been part of the American military. In an era before gay marriage or open pride, military men fell in love, formed passionate friendships and had same-sex encounters. Due to social and official discrimination, though, most of their stories have gone untold. Baron Friedrich von Steuben, a Prussian military man hired by George Washington to whip the Continental Army into shape during the darkest days of the Revolutionary War , is known for his bravery and the discipline and grit he brought to the American troops. Historians also think he was homosexual—and served as an openly gay man in the military at a time when sex between men was punished as a crime.
During the American Civil War , sexual behavior and gender roles and attitudes were affected by the conflict, especially by the absence of menfolk at home and the emergence of new roles for women such as nursing. The advent of photography and easier media distribution, for example, allowed for greater access to sexual material for the common soldier. At camp, " barracks favorites " were available.