Gay men have always been part of the American military. In an era before gay marriage or open pride, military men fell in love, formed passionate friendships and had same-sex encounters. Due to social and official discrimination, though, most of their stories have gone untold. Baron Friedrich von Steuben, a Prussian military man hired by George Washington to whip the Continental Army into shape during the darkest days of the Revolutionary War , is known for his bravery and the discipline and grit he brought to the American troops. Historians also think he was homosexual—and served as an openly gay man in the military at a time when sex between men was punished as a crime.
George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver - HISTORY
I don't believe there is any indication that George Washington was gay or had homosexual tendancies. The meaning of the word "gay" is jolly, happy or in good spirit. If you wonder in this regard about George Washington, the answer would be: sometimes. Washington was often very serious and known for harsh orders, but occasionally he showed also a good sense of humour and gay spirit. Should you, however, refer to the word in its twisted and hijacked meaning - standing in for the word "homosexual" - there is no evidence or even hint of such whatsoever. It is also quite disturbing to notice that certain interested circles are trying to manipulate and alter history by spreading unsubstantiated rumours about all sort of famous people of the past.
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George Washington Carver: Biography, Inventions & Quotes
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Despite having been an active slave holder for 56 years, George Washington struggled with the institution of slavery and spoke frequently of his desire to end the practice. At the end of his life, Washington made the decision to free all his slaves in his will - the only slave-holding Founding Father to do so. In his will, Augustine left his son the acre family farm near Fredericksburg, Virginia. In addition, Washington was willed ten slaves.