Wednesday, December 23, 2020

6 Queer Historical Figures You Thought Were Straight

By Stephanie Leguichard
Photo by Unseen Histories on Unsplash
From da Vinci to Malcolm X, these icons are straight-washed in most history books. As we all know, Malcolm X was a prominent human rights activist and advocate for black empowerment and socialism. He became a leader of the Nation of Islam in the early 1950s, though he later renounced it while still remaining a committed Muslim. In 1965, he was tragically assassinated at the young age of 39. But most history books stop there, neglecting to mention his sexuality. That’s why most Americans have no idea that historical research has revealed that he was most likely bisexual. It appears based on the interviews referenced in the book that Malcolm X was not heterosexual — the question is whether he was bisexual or gay. [More