I've read many biographies about President Kennedy, and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and there is always one name that pops up in every book...Lem Billings. However, not one book ever goes into any detail about Lem Billings or how he was a part of President Kennedy's life. Most of the time there's a one line mention of Lem Billings, and then he's never mentioned again. And I blame biographers for this homophobic travesty, and for not writing the truth about Lem Billings being gay. They are still ignoring him to this day.
I was curious about Lem Billings so I did a quick search and found more information that you'll never read in these so-called glossed-over fake biographies that big publishers release. In fact, with a simple search there's a great deal more information about Lem Billings and his relationship with President Kennedy. I'm reading a book right now by author David Pitts that's titled, "Jack and Lem." It's fascinating, because I'm learning that Lem Billings was probably one of the most important people in Jack Kennedy's life, and Kennedy maintained a close relationship with Billings all his life. And Jack Kennedy never hid this from anyone. Even though Lem was gay (of course at the time it was called homosexual) they rarely spent time apart, and when they did they wrote letters and spoke on the phone. It was a relationship based on mutual respect and devotion. And everyone, including Jackie, knew this.
With that said, I'm linking to an article right now that talks about Jack Kennedy's relationships with Lem Billings and other gay men. They mention the David Pitts book, too. It's very factual and straight forward and it has nothing to do with sex.
Lem never really left Jack’s orbit after boarding school. The pair matriculated at Princeton together in the fall of 1935, although Jack had to withdraw for health reasons, probably early signs of the Addison’s disease that would plague him the rest of his life.
You can read the full article, here. It gives a lot more insight into the relationship between Jack Kennedy and Lem Billings. And the thing that bothers me is that it's information you're not going to read anywhere else unless you actually go out and look for it.
It's really a very sad story, in a way, for Lem Billings. He's virtually invisible in the biographies and history books and he should have been given more credit.
Queer Content Allegedly Removed From Schitt's Creek
Speaking of the way they erase gay content in the mainstream, here's what they are still doing today. And this is one of my favorite TV shows of all time because of the gay content.
According to this article, openly gay Dan Levy, creator and star of Schitt's Creek, wants to know why there is a TV channel in the UK that is censoring gay content.
“Is this true, @4Music? Censoring kissing and intimate dialogue? Also, I will be retweeting this every day until I get a response,” he wrote.
You can read it in full, here. Someone in the comment section left a reply as to why the TV channel censored the content. I hope there's a follow up to this story.
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