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‘Closeted gay’ former New York Mayor Ed Koch dies aged 88

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  1. He was a lovely man that many loved – but his closetry meant that he left down the gay people of New York, no more so than when AIDS emerged. He could have been a vocal voice that could have helped thousands of people. But he didn’t. Sad.

    1. His sex life was his own business. He didn’t let anyone down.

    2. When was it ever confirmed he was gay??

  2. Mr. Koch was a great man, I met him once and discussed a gay subject and he was uncomfortable.

    As a congressman and Mayor he did outstanding things for his constituents.

    He should be remembered with blessed memory.

  3. I recall reading a story about him being interviewed by a journalist who asked him if he was gay. Apparently he replied by asking the journalist when he had last had oral sex. The subject was quickly changed.

  4. Suddenly Last Bummer 1 Feb 2013, 9:33pm

    He may have been living in the closet but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t getting his end away left right and centre so what’s the problem.

  5. ...Paddyswurds 2 Feb 2013, 11:53am

    Unsurprisingly, not all bachelors are Gay…… and quite a few of them are asexual.

  6. Paul Halsall 2 Feb 2013, 11:57am

    I lived in New York 1987-1999, and was a member of ACT UP. Koch did nothing to help with AIDS. Mrs Thatcher did more to help in the UK than the closeted Koch.

    It was only after Dinkins became mayor in 1990 that things began to change.

  7. Ed Koch defeated Mario Cuomo, not his son Andrew the current governor of New York.

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