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Gay History - April 11, 1901: Writer Glenway Wescott is Born

Gay History – April 11, 1901: Writer Glenway Wescott is Born

Glenway Wescott was an American writer known for his poetic prose and explorations of themes related to homosexuality, human relationships, and existentialism. Born on April 11, 1901, in Kewaskum, Wisconsin, Wescott was raised in a conservative family and attended the University of Chicago, where he became involved in the city’s vibrant literary scene.

Wescott who was openly gay, early works were heavily influenced by his experiences in Paris in the 1920s, where he became part of the expatriate community that included Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and other luminaries of modernist literature. In 1925, he published his first novel, “The Apple of the Eye,” a coming-of-age story set in the Midwest, which drew praise for its lyrical style and psychological insights.

Wescott’s second novel, “The Grandmothers,” published in 1927, marked a departure from his earlier work, as it dealt openly with homosexuality and same-sex relationships. The book was banned in Boston and other cities, and it was not until the 1960s that it gained wider recognition as an important work of gay literature.

Wescott was also a prolific essayist, memoirist, and translator. He translated works by writers such as Jean Cocteau and Marcel Proust and was a lifelong friend of the poet and novelist Thornton Wilder.

Despite his achievements as a writer, Wescott’s personal life was marked by tragedy and loss. In 1933, he met the writer Monroe Wheeler, who became his lifelong partner and muse. The couple lived together in Europe and the United States, and their circle of friends included many of the leading cultural figures of their time. However, their relationship was strained by Wescott’s alcoholism, and in 1944, Wheeler left him for a younger man.

Wescott’s later years were marked by financial difficulties, and he struggled to support himself through his writing. He continued to publish works of fiction and nonfiction, including the acclaimed memoir “Continual Lessons,” which chronicled his life and literary career.

“At one of his own dinner parties, Wescott is eager to regale his guests with stories about Jean Cocteau and to put questions to the composer and (all too candid) diarist Ned Rorem, “but Truman Capote shouted me down all evening, in his falsetto way, about various crimes and atrocities.” This was, after all, the period of  In Cold Blood. “As it happens,” continued Wescott, “I have never been with him in all-male society before, and was astonished to find that the subject matter of sex doesn’t interest him at all.” And when one of President Johnson’s aides, “the father of six children,” resigns after “having been arrested for indecent behavior in the men’s room of the notorious Washington YMCA,” Wescott wonders: “Will foolish homosexual or ambi-sexual men never cease to involve themselves in public service careers? I suppose the danger of the risks they run excites them—just as the men’s room surreptitiousness, the voyeurism, the exhibitionism, intensifies their desire.”
Glenway Wescott – Continual Lessons

Glenway Wescott died on February 22, 1987, in Rosemont, New Jersey, at the age of 85.

Today, Glenway Wescott is remembered as a writer who pushed the boundaries of his time, both in terms of his exploration of homosexuality and in his stylistic innovations. His work has been celebrated by writers such as Edmund White and Michael Cunningham, who have cited him as a major influence on their own work

Hack “Author” Claims Matthew Shepard Was A Drug Dealer And His Killer Was His Bisexual Lover – Video

Stephen Jimenez

“Author”, for lack of a better word,  Stephen Jimenez has slandered and bashed the memory of Matthew Shepard since 2002 and now more then ten years years later he is doing so once again in his disgusting new book  “The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard.” 

Jimenez claims that he first became interested in Matthew’s story because he was writing a screenplay on Matthews murder. But claims he found proof that “Aaron McKinney was a male hustler, had been familiar with gay guys and gay bars” and “that he really did like having sex with gay guys and that he was not unfamiliar with homosexuality and the gay world,” which in Jimenez’s mind at least seemed to contradict the “gay panic” defense that McKinney’s lawyers were putting forth. What began as a trip to “fill in some color and detail” for a screenplay turned into a “13-year investigative obsession,” according to Kirkus reviews:

Drawing on both in-depth research and exhaustive interviews with more than 100 individuals around the United States, Jimenez meticulously re-examines both old and new information about the murder and those involved with it. Everyone had something to hide. For Aaron McKinney, one of the two men convicted of Shepard’s murder, it was the fact that he was Shepard’s part-time bisexual lover and fellow drug dealer. For Shepard, it was that he was an HIV-positive substance abuser with a fondness for crystal meth and history of sexual trauma. Even the city of Laramie had its share of dark secrets that included murky entanglements involving law enforcement officials and the Laramie drug world.

Jiminez has been peddling this story since 2002, two months before reporting began for a “20/20” piece on the Matthew Shepard killing, which Jimenez sold to the ABC program and had decided beforehand that methamphetamine motivated the murder and not anti-gay bias writing  in an e-mail that the “‘hate crime’ motivation of Shepard’s death” was a “flawed theory.”

Now more than 10 years later he is still recycling this hateful theory, which by the way he has no concrete evidence or proof of to make a quick buck. And for Andrew Sullivan to shill for this sleazy feral maggot whore’s work makes him no better.

Fuck you Stephen Jimenez.  You better hope that we never meet.