TWIT magazine: Adah’s Gay Friends

TWIT finds a friend in ADAH MENKEN: In New York of 1860, 150 years ago, when aspiring actress Adah Isaacs Menken met the already notorious poet Walt Whitman, being a gay man was entirely hidden from public view. Because Whitman’s Leaves of Grass (first edition 1855) was considered overtly sexual and obscene in the male/female way, the poet was denounced by press and pulpit as “reckless and indecent.” One reverend, who got the point of the poem “City of Orgies,” did suggest Walt was guilty of “that horrible sin not to be mentioned among Christians.”

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