A new biography about former President Barack Obama reveals that he had “considered gayness” during his college years.
The new biography titled Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, contains Pulitzer Prize winner David Garrow telling the tale of Obama’s friendship with an openly gay assistant professor at Occidental College named Lawrence Goldyn. According to the Daily Caller, Garrow writes that “Goldyn made a huge impact on Barry Obama.”
From the Daily Caller:
“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.’”
Obama says that Goldyn’s influence made him think about his sexuality, but ultimately decided against the “less challenging and demanding” homosexual relationship, and decided to stay straight.
“Three years later, Obama wrote somewhat elusively to his first intimate girlfriend that he had thought about and considered gayness, but ultimately had decided that a same-sex relationship would be less challenging and demanding than developing one with the opposite sex,” Garrow wrote. “But there is no doubting that Goldyn gave eighteen-year-old Barry a vastly more positive and uplifting image of gay identity and self-confidence than he had known in Honolulu.”
Garrow was asked on The Jamie Weinstein Show whether or not Obama actually attempted any kind of physical relationship with the same sex, to which Garrow replied “I think anyone and everyone, no matter what their role in life deserves a certain basic degree of privacy, in that context.”