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posted Friday, February 1, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 5
Koch Block - Was Ed Koch gay?
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Koch Block - Was Ed Koch gay?

Here we go again. Was Ed Koch gay and did his closet inhibit him from faster action on HIV and AIDS? I only met him once, when Marty Peretz invited me along for a dinner party at Koch's apartment. As I recall, there were no women at all, I was the only goy, almost no one else got a word in edgewise and the evening ended with Koch actually demanding we sit and watch his speeches on the TV. In other words, not quite as gay as the Vatican, but sheesh.

Perhaps it's better to see how Koch approached the subject. He saw it in two ways: about sexual behavior alone and about privacy. In that way, he was, in fact, quite typical of many in a generation of gay men his age, who defined their orientation understandably but entirely in terms of sexual freedom and protection from government scrutiny and prosecution. But AIDS, of course, ripped that sub-cultural eco-system apart. Of course, no one - straight or gay - is entirely defined by their sexual orientation. But it's a core part of your personality - and Koch was simply too old, too self-loathing, and too prickly to change. Here's the money quote when he was asked about it: Was Ed Koch gay

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