Has any larger country ever had an openly homosexual head of state?

Sep 2016
1,125
Georgia
#52
Alexander III of Macedonia can not be claimed to have been "openly gay". Not based on the sources. According to them, he had sexual relations with both sexes. The only time he's stated to have fallen in love was with a woman.
But beyond that, "openly gay" means that someone identifies as "gay" and is open about it. Can't recall any source stating that Alexander, or any other Macedonian, ever talked about sexual identity.
Only Curtius Rufus tells us about Bagoas and how he became Alexander's lover.

In Plutarch, Bagoas appears only at the feast and Alexander kisses him.
 
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Ad Honoris
May 2014
18,733
SoCal
#55
His sexual taste may have been for males, but it was his duty to provide an heir.
Yep, and he wasn't the King so he couldn't give up on his duty (at least, not without consequences).

Had Philippe been King (due to an early death by Louis XIV), it's possible that he would have refused to procreate at all--thus ensuring that the French throne would fall upon the House of Conde after his own death.
 
Jul 2016
9,318
USA
#57
There weren't any "openly homosexuals" back in time, but many European kings are known to have been gay.
Gay is a modern construct implying black or white shades of sexuality. Back in the day, male homosexuality was more of a sexual fetish than a lifestyle choice, which the term "gay" has been tied into for numerous generations at this point in modern western society.
 

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Ad Honoris
May 2014
18,733
SoCal
#58
Gay is a modern construct implying black or white shades of sexuality. Back in the day, male homosexuality was more of a sexual fetish than a lifestyle choice, which the term "gay" has been tied into for numerous generations at this point in modern western society.
A sexual fetish can be innate, though.
 
Jul 2016
9,318
USA
#59
A sexual fetish can be innate, though.
Possibility. But still just considered a kink in terms of acceptance. But nobody really was living a completely different lifestyle based solely on their sexual attraction.

That's why you got men with hard homosexual tendencies that stil had wives and kids and the occassional female mistress too.
 
Sep 2016
1,125
Georgia
#60
Yep, and he wasn't the King so he couldn't give up on his duty (at least, not without consequences).

Had Philippe been King (due to an early death by Louis XIV), it's possible that he would have refused to procreate at all--thus ensuring that the French throne would fall upon the House of Conde after his own death.
King had even more of a duty to procreate and provide an heir. Birth of Louis XIV was considered a miracle, for example. That is why he was called ,, Louis Dieudonne '' (Louis the God-given ) as a child.
 
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