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Ladies and Gentlemen, we need to talk about Sam Smith. In his acceptance speech, he seemed to suggest he was the first openly gay man to ever win an Oscar, which, of course, is not true. I stand here, tonight as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together as equals some day. But that neglects to take into account the other LGBT actors and filmmakers who have won awards.
Edgar Hoover led a deeply repressed sexual life, living with his mother until he was 40, awkwardly rejecting the attention of women and pouring his emotional, and at times, physical attention on his handsome deputy at the FBI, according to the new movie, "J. Edgar," directed by Clint Eastwood. Filmgoers never see the decades-long romance between the former FBI director, and his number two, Clyde Tolson, consummated, but there's plenty of loving glances, hand-holding and one scene with an aggressive, long, deep kiss. So was the most powerful man in America, who died in -- three years after the Stonewall riots marked the modern gay civil rights movement -- homosexual?