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According to a new biography, Barack Obama, “considered” going gay when he was a young man in college While writing somewhat elusively to his first intimate girlfriend that he had thought about and considered gayness, but ultimately decided that a same-sex relationship would be less challenging and demanding than developing one with the opposite sex,
The new biography by David Garrow titled “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama,” cites in a chapter about young Obama’s two years at Occidental College, where he conducted a close relationship with an openly gay assistant professor named Lawrence Goldyn.
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Garrow also wrote a Martin Luther King Jr. biography and he frequently contributes to the New York Times and Washington Post. The book is slated for released May 9, 2017.
“Goldyn made a huge impact on Barry Obama,” Garrow wrote in the book. “Almost a quarter century later, asked about his understanding of gay issues, Obama enthusiastically said, ‘my favorite professor my first year in college was one of the first openly gay people that I knew…He was a terrific guy” with whom Obama developed a ‘friendship beyond the classroom.’”
The biographer added, “Goldyn years later would remember that Obama ‘was not fearful of being associated with me’ in terms of ‘talking socially’ and ‘learning from me’ after as well as in class.”
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