The New York Times reports:
As his 70s ticked by, Mr. Koch described to a few friends a feeling he could not shake: a deep loneliness. He wanted to meet someone, he said. Did they know anyone who might be “partner material?” Someone “a little younger than me?” Someone to make up for lost time?
“I want a boyfriend,” he said to one friend, Charles Kaiser. It was an aching admission, shared with only a few, from a politician whose brash ubiquity and relentless New York evangelism helped define the modern mayoralty, even as he strained to conceal an essential fact of his biography: Mr. Koch was gay.
He denied as much for decades — to reporters, campaign operatives and his staff — swatting away longstanding rumors with a choice profanity or a cheeky aside, even if these did little to convince some New Yorkers. Through his death, in 2013, his deflections endured.
Read the full article.
It’s a fascinating, enraging, and ultimately sad deep dive.
Koch belonged to perhaps the last generation for which being openly gay could feel politically prohibitive. He was an irrepressible force in NY politics for decades, and rumors about his sexuality trailed him throughout. He denied or deflected through his death in 2013.
— Matt Flegenheimer (@mattfleg) May 7, 2022
Please read this story by @mattfleg and @RosaGoldensohn about the private torments of Ed Koch over his sexual orientation. Engrossing, well-written, and ultimately heartbreaking. https://t.co/SF8hkOcFl7
— Dan Barry (@DanBarryNYT) May 7, 2022
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