That was the question Mark S. King said he had to ask himself in the early '80s when friends and loved ones were dying of the "gay plague. On March 15, , King received a call from his friend, a nurse, who had discreetly tested him for the virus — he was positive. It was like a 'Twilight Zone' episode where everyone in town just starts disappearing. Mark S.
J. Edgar Hoover: Gay or Just a Man Who Has Sex With Men?
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Edgar Hoover led a deeply repressed sexual life, living with his mother until he was 40, awkwardly rejecting the attention of women and pouring his emotional, and at times, physical attention on his handsome deputy at the FBI, according to the new movie, "J. Edgar," directed by Clint Eastwood. Filmgoers never see the decades-long romance between the former FBI director, and his number two, Clyde Tolson, consummated, but there's plenty of loving glances, hand-holding and one scene with an aggressive, long, deep kiss. So was the most powerful man in America, who died in -- three years after the Stonewall riots marked the modern gay civil rights movement -- homosexual? I am agnostic about it.
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Recently rediscovered recollections from that era have landed the city in the forefront of the small but popular field of gay historical research. As midnight approached on Halloween Eve in , men in vampy satin ball gowns, French-heeled slippers, teased coiffures, and rouged lips crowded into the Chicago Coliseum. Over the years, the old building, at Wabash Avenue and 15th Street, had played host to political conventions and hockey games, but these men were there to dance the night away. Lurking in the shadows that evening, a nondescript, bespectacled man in a plain suit and tie scrawled notes. A sociology professor at the University of Chicago, Ernest W.