Outing Abe

Also Adolf, Jesus, Eleanor, Robin Hood, and Other Historic Greats

When it comes to the ever shifting opacities of erotic desire, evidence can be very elusive. It is worth recalling that when Jerry Falwell outed Tinky Winky as homosexual, the Teletubbies' spokespeople demonstrated an admirable precision in the game of revelation and decoding. "It's not a purse," one of them dryly admonished reporters after Falwell charged that Tinky Winky had a telltale carryall. "It's a magic bag."


Richard Kaye teaches English at Hunter College and is the author ofThe Flirt's Tragedy: Desire Without End in Victorian and Edwardian Fiction (Virginia, 2002).


Research assistance: E. Timothy Martin

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