This Day In Gay – April 23rd: Bucky and Bush. A Tale of Two Very Different Presidents

This Day In Gay April 23rd Bucky and Bush A Tale of Two Very Different Presidents

April 23, 1791

James Buchanan is born near Mercerburg, Pennsylvania. The 15th president of the United States was the only bachelor to serve in that office.

Historian James W. Loewen has done extensive research into Buchanan’s personal life, and he’s convinced Buchanan was gay. Loewen is the author of the acclaimed book “Lies Across America,” which examines how historical sites inaccurately portray figures and events in America’s past. “I’m sure that Buchanan was gay,” Loewen said. “There is clear evidence that he was gay. And since I haven’t seen any evidence that he was heterosexual, I don’t believe he was bisexual.”

According to Loewen, Buchanan shared a residence with William Rufus King, a Democratic senator from Alabama, for several years in Washington, D.C. – King  was called “Miss Fancy” by his detractors, making the soon to be President “Mr Fancy.”

Buchanan was “fairly open” about his relationship with King, causing some colleagues to view the men as a couple. For example, Aaron Brown, a prominent Democrat, writing to Mrs. James K. Polk, referred to King as Buchanan’s “better half,” “his wife”.

In 1844, when King was appointed minister to France, he wrote Buchanan, “I am selfish enough to hope you will not be able to procure an associate who will cause you to feel no regret at our separation.”

Their relationship — though interrupted due to foreign-service obligations — ended only with King’s death in 1853 –

 

April 23, 1990:

The Hate Crimes Statistic Act is signed into law by President George H.W.  Bush. It is the first U.S. bill to use the phrase “sexual orientation.”

Said the elder Bush:

“We must work together to build an America of opportunity, where every American is free finally from discrimination. And I will use this noble office, this bully pulpit, if you will, to speak out against hate and discrimination everywhere it exists.”

Eight years later his sons Presidential administration will become one of the most anti-gay in United States recorded history.

The younger resident Bush, even though the Defense of Marriage Act was already signed into law under President Bill Clinton endorsed a constitutional amendment that would restrict marriage to two people of the opposite sex

“The union of a man and a woman is the most enduring human institution, honored and encouraged in all cultures and by every religious faith,” Bush said.

“Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society.”

Bush also through his closeted gay henchman Ken Mehlman ran on a anti-LGBT platform for re-election by masterminding the strategy to get anti-gay marriage ballot initiatives (aka State DOMA’s) on the ballot during his re-election year causing a large voting turnout of anti-gay republicans

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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