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Did John Lennon have gay leanings?
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Paul McCartney has more than once in interviews tried to argue the following:

1) I don't think John had gay leanings

because

2) for years he and I knocked around together, going to clubs, getting drunk together, crashing in strange places, hanging around together during the day, as young guys involved in the counter culture experimenting with all manner of things and ideas

3) and yet I never once saw or heard any indication from John of any gay leanings.

Certainly this is a fairly strong argument; however, it's not fool-proof.  The crux of it -- #2 -- fails to account for two things:

a) there were long times both during the Beatles heyday, and toward the end of the Beatles run, and certainly in the decade after, when Paul and John were not joined at the hip, and so John could well have evinced various behaviors and expressed various ideas denoting a "gay leaning" which Paul never saw or heard;

and

b) even during the thick of the time Paul and John were joined at the hip, Paul may in his mind and memory be exaggerating the practical impossibility of John being able to pursue a closet leaning in any way, shape or form.

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First...do you think Paul would really admit to any gay leanings on John's part...I don't think he'd really tell the truth about that one way or the other. And, Paul was not with Brian and John in Spain. So, he can't know what happened there. Finally...Mick Jagger and David Bowie...wow! I never heard that! How did Jagger get so many girls if that was the case? (He is not exactly a Paul McCartney cutey). Is David Bowie gay or Bi? (not that it matters). It amazes me that so many varied sorts of people wanted to have sex with Jagger! I must be missing something about him!

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mccartneyalarm said
First...do you think Paul would really admit to any gay leanings on John's part...I don't think he'd really tell the truth about that one way or the other. And, Paul was not with Brian and John in Spain. So, he can't know what happened there. Finally...Mick Jagger and David Bowie...wow! I never heard that! How did Jagger get so many girls if that was the case? (He is not exactly a
Paul McCartney cutey). Is David Bowie gay or Bi? (not that it matters). It amazes me that so many varied sorts of people wanted to have sex with Jagger! I must be missing something about him!

I don't know what it is about Jagger but I find him attractive even at his age now! I think he's meant to be very good in bed so maybe that has something to do with it!  I think it was fashionable to be a bit bi in the 70's.

As for John, does anyone think he actually wanted to sleep with Paul, as Phillip Norman (and Yoko) claim? In the book, Yoko says that she didn't understand why John was so angry at Paul and that it seemed more like the way someone would feel if someone they loved (romanticly) spurned them. I can sort of see something in that, Yoko knew John better than anyone and she obviously felt some tension there. I don't think anything happened between John and Paul though but maybe John would have been interested in experimenting with him. Paul would never reveal that, if he had an inkling of it. It probably makes him feel uncomfortable when people ask about it. 

 

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