Invisible People examines the lives of prominent historical figures who were gay or lesbian. Many of these figures didn’t hide their sexual orientation.
In this nonfiction work, author/journalist Frank Sanello explores the perplexing mindset that makes homophobic historians shove famous people of the past into a closet that many of them never occupied in their lifetime.
Some of the many “corpses” Sanello drags out of the mausoleum where homosexuals have been hidden away by squeamish chroniclers of the past:
Socrates patronized boy brothels and once bought a youth at the slave market in Athens. The Greek philosopher tutored and eventually freed his young student. Affirmative action for slaves.
Alexander the Great had several wives but no children. He did have numerous male lovers, including his comrade in arms and lifelong companion, Hephaestion.
King Frederick the Great of Prussia was outed by his friend and confidant, Voltaire. After a falling out, the French philosopher wrote a scandalous novel about Frederick that identified the King’s lovers and other gay courtiers by name.
According to a boyhood friend, Adolf Hitler was a homosexual and masochist who engaged in coprophilia, a fetish that eroticizes feces.
Readers are unlikely to find this information about gays of the past anywhere else except in the pages of Invisible People.