Poor Ed Koch Died In The Closet

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It's a shame the ex-NYC mayor never came out.

It's tragic that he hid behind excuses like the fact that he was old and wasn't sexual at all anymore.

Old people are still sexual--and if you're gay, you're still gay--and besides, he could have commented on his past.

But Ed was so paranoid on the subject that when I interviewed him in the '90s, he propped up a tape recorder to tape me as I recorded him. It was a creepy double game of "gotcha!" that led nowhere (though he was otherwise gruffly charming).

In 2011, I wrote about the particularly bad year Koch was having because two classic gay plays that portray him as the devil were being revived to acclaim.

I wrote: "Angels in America has a line in which closeted Koch's sexuality is poked fun at (it brings the house down every time) and there's another one in which a black nurse calls him a racist."

And in The Normal Heart, "He's seen as a do-nothing who evaded the AIDS crisis for political reasons, partly because he didn't want to be associated with something gay and also because he wanted to protect New York tourism from anything potentially icky."

But when interviewed for a documentary that came out that same year, Koch boasted about how instrumental he was in helping the early gay movement.

A man of textures and contradictions.

The world is now an emptier place, but so is the celebrity closet.

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15 comments
exackerly
exackerly

Just out of curiosity, does anybody have any actual evidence that Ed Koch was gay? As opposed to just rumors?

California
California

Guess I'll get an account to avoid the homophobes here parodying my concerns about gay rights.

California
California

I did not post this stupid stereotypical cartoon, but to whomever did: You cannot be gay and Muslim according to laws in most Muslim countries because you will be imprisoned or killed.

california
california

@dsmith9949

This is the kind of human rights violations you should be protesting. Or don't you want to offend the Arab/Muslim oppressors? You like your women covered and uneducated? In case you can't read it, it is about children in Afghanistan not being allowed to play music because the religious police say it's against Muslim beliefs. By the way, everyone in Israel can play music. Even the Muslims, brother.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324156204578275942288892434.html?mod=WSJ_article_comments#articleTabs%3Darticle

california
california

@dsmith9949 Why don't you complain about girls having no rights to education in Muslim countries, being shot for going to school, being killed if they speak to a man outside of their family. How about gays being stoned to death regularly in Arab countries? You care not???? In Muslim countries, women get involutarily married and raped by age 14, and become one of 4 wives with no say in what happens.

You are a hypocrite. The Arabs in Israels have more rights and a higher income level than anywhere else in the Middle East. What do you want, "honor killings" like in Arab countries? Would that make you happy? Gays have freedom in Israel, would you rather they be stoned to death as happens in the Arab world? Hypocrite.

dsmith9949
dsmith9949

In this months Vanity Fair Koch is asked several questions, one questions was who do you hate...His answer was Jimmy Carter. I guess he didn't care for anyone attempting to bring peace to the middle east. Anyone who endorses the apartheid inflicted on the Palestinians is not someone I will mourn.

bethesda
bethesda

Congrats on defending the closet, Stevart! The man turned his back on AIDS for fear of being associated it with it, as thousands of New Yorkers were dying grisly deaths. Congrats, Stevart. Act Up thought it WAS our business and fought to change things, which they did. While you sat there defending cowardice.

Stevart
Stevart

He didn't die in the closet.  He just rightly told mutts like you that his personal life was none of your business.  WHICH IT ISN'T!  You seek validation for who you are as who you are is nothing.  Keep up the good work Musto.

candy
candy

finally  a truthful  article this morning

bethesda
bethesda

Thanks for saying this!!

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