Although attribution of homosexuality would have been damaging, no accusations by his many political opponents during the lifetime of Abraham Lincoln — are known to have been made. A comical poem he wrote about two men marrying was expurgated from later editions of the first Lincoln biography. Activist proponents of the view Lincoln was gay have regarded a sleeping arrangement with Joshua Fry Speed when both were bachelors as evidence. Mainstream historians point to Lincoln having openly alluded to it as showing that men sharing a bed was common and carried no implications in Lincoln's era. The proven facts of Lincoln's sex life are that he had four children with Mary Todd in an enduring marriage.
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The announcement comes amid a flurry of endorsement activity that saw Staebler's campaign gain support from several groups. Ned Staebler. I'm proud to be supported by people who work hard to protect the rights of all Michigan residents. In addition, Staebler says his campaign is picking up support from numerous elected officials, business leaders, and other mainstays in Ann Arbor's progressive community. While he's campaigning, Staebler is on a leave of absence from his job as a vice president at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. The Staebler family traces its roots in Ann Arbor back to
In use since the s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB , which began to replace the term gay in reference to the broader LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late s. It may refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non- cisgender , instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Longer acronyms, with some being over twice as long as LGBT , have prompted criticism for their length,    and the implication that the acronym refers to a single community is also controversial. The first widely used term, homosexual , now carries negative connotations in the United States.
The field relies on and benefits from interdisciplinary methods to arrive at new ideas and theories, and has always been closely aligned with different forms of political activism. Finally, the field is hard to categorize simply because it is always evolving, and always questioning the politics and poetics of its own practitioners. Indeed there is a long history of interdisciplinary academic fields emerging in response to activist movements and the accompanying demands to understand and legitimate the histories, literatures, and cultures of oppressed peoples. For example, in the U. Key leaders in what was initially called Gay and Lesbian Studies were also active in lesbian, feminist, gay and trans liberation movements in the U.