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Event Will 'Emancipate' Lincoln From the 'Closet'

Tuesday, 12 April 2005 12:00 AM

The panelists include a "recognized expert on Eleanor Roosevelt"; and the editor of C.A. Tripp's new book titled The Intimate Life of Abraham Lincoln, Equality Forum said in a press release.

"[Former N.J.] Governor [James] McGreavey showed mainstream Americans that homophobia has kept those who seek elected office in the closet," said Malcolm Lazin, executive director of Equality Forum. "These public officials include Abraham Lincoln, who saved the nation, emancipated slaves and founded the modern Republican Party."

Lazin said he has read The Intimate Life of Abraham Lincoln. "As a gay man and an amateur American historian, I find the evidence indisputable that the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was a gay man," he said.

"Anyone not blinded by homophobia will recognize that the president who preserved our republic was gay. It is time that U.S. historical figures be emancipated from the closet," Lazin added.

Equality Forum said its national celebration (April 25 to May 1) features over 100 programs involving more than 105 organizations.

The May 1 celebration on Independence Mall includes a tribute to "gay pioneers"; a "SundayOUT" street festival; documentary screenings; an interfaith service led by Bishop Gene Robinson; and a "gay icons pavilion" at the Independence Visitors Center, among other events.

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