John Simkin Posted December 20, 2004 Share Posted December 20, 2004 Apparently there is a group of gay historians who are claiming that several notable figures from the past are gay. This is an attempt to restate homosexual achievement. People named so far include George Washington, William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, Florence Nightingale, Eleanor Roosevelt, James Garfield and James Buchanan. This week sees the publication of Clarence Tripp’s The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln. Tripp argues that he has discovered evidence that Lincoln was gay. This includes a relationship with Joshua Speed, a neighbour with whom he shared a bed for four years. He also claims that letters written by Lincoln to Speed suggest a sexual relationship between the two men. Apparently, Lincoln shared a bed with David Derickson, the captain of his bodyguard. Tripp has discovered evidence that there was much gossip about Lincoln sleeping with Derickson. Another historian, David Donald, who has also written a biography of Lincoln, argues that Tripp has failed to understand 19th century society. It was not uncommon for men to share beds and use the type of language found in Lincoln’s letters. Does it matter if someone like Lincoln was bi-sexual (his wife gave birth to four children)? Or does it help us understand him better? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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