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Did John Lennon have gay leanings?
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Sorry to hijack the topic but could we possibly get back to the Hamburg/early days? I find it incredibly annoying how there's a wealth of info out there from the later periods but hardly any about the very early days...

The only important or interesting bits that I remember about John from that time period (besides meeting Astrid Kerchherr and the other exis) are:

That he felt at home in this one particular club that had hairy men dressed as women, and would spend a lot of time there.

He had a "special relationship" with a bar maid at one of the clubs where they played, who felt jealous of Cynthia when she visited.

There is a rumour that he fought with Stu and subsequently blamed himself for Stu's brain hemorrhage.

Supposedly, one night when they were low on money, John tried to get the other Beatles to join him in beating a drunken sailor and taking his money (after the poor fellow had taken them out to dinner and bought their drinks).  Only Pete Best joined in, and the sailor ran away.

Thanks for all that, every little helps, I suppose! I'm really interested in how they grew up and the early days, I've seen films like Nowhere Boy and Backbeat so it's an area that I feel could be expanded upon a lot.

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mccartneyalarm said
Look at Liberace (a famous, flamboyant Vegas entertainer of the '50s and 60's), who was openly gay.

Liberace never admitted to being gay during his lifetime. He made clear how he would react to such suggestions quite early on in his career.

In 1956 he sued the British newspaper The Daily Mirror when a columnist described him as "…the summit of sex—the pinnacle of masculine, feminine, and neuter. Everything that he, she, and it can ever want… a deadly, winking, sniggering, snuggling, chromium-plated, scent-impregnated, luminous, quivering, giggling, fruit-flavoured, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love", strongly hinting he was gay without saying it categorically.

In court he testified that he was not homosexual and had never taken part in homosexual acts. He won £8,000 damages.

The following year, in the US, he sued Confidential magazine over their cover story, "Why Liberace's theme song should be 'Mad About the Boy!'" Confidential settled out of court fearing the level of damages that could be awarded if they went to court.

Even after Scott Thorson sued him for palimony in 1982, he continued to deny that he was gay and that he and Thorson had ever been lovers. Even though the case was settled in 1986 in Thorson's favour.

Everything about Liberace may have screamed that he was gay, but he denied it to his death bed, and so to call him "openly gay" could not be further from the truth.

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