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Gay American History: The Country's Gay Secrets

Gay American History

First Posted: 07/03/12 08:12 PM ET Updated: 07/05/12 12:32 PM ET

This Fourth of July, as you're munching on hot dogs, launching fireworks and wondering if you took it just a little too far with your flag-themed outfit, take a break to appreciate this collection of gay secrets from the Land of the Free's history.

From Abraham Lincoln's bed fellows to marine man-love, there's plenty in America's past to make homophobes faint from something other than too much beer this Independence Day.

If you're interested in learning more about The United States's queer past, check out LGBT lecturer Michael Bronski's "Queer History of the United States of America."