It was claimed in this post that a new biography of Malcolm X claims that he was gay or bisexual. I did some preliminary Googling, and I have not read the biography. Apparently this new bio claims that Malcolm had a long term relationship with a white businessman, and that he supported himself in part before his incarceration where he converted to the Nation of Islam as a gay hustler.
I read Malcolm X’s autobiography, and I am aware that some of what he presented in that book is also false. And Haley, his collaborator in writing the work, appears to have plagiarized much of his other work Roots from another book. So it is difficult to know how seriously to take that presentation of his life.
How strong is the evidence that Mr. X was bisexual? Is this perhaps real, or is it an instance of the over-eagerness of the gay community to claim someone prominent as one of their own, long after he is safely dead and not able to deny it?
I believe one of Malcolm X’s daughters has denied it, which I suppose is understandable no matter if it is true or false. And IIRC homosexuality is strictly forbidden by Islam, and was by the Nation of Islam back before it more or less merged with mainstream Islam. It strikes me that back when Malcolm X broke with Elijah Muhammed, if the Nation of Islam had had knowledge of this, it would have much more easily discredited him by publicizing this than by going to the bother of killing him.
Has anyone read the book, or know anything more than that? I started this thread in GD rather than CS, because of the off chance that it might become contentious.
In terms of what it has to do with Malcolm X’s legacy, I would say “not very much”. He was allegedly a cocaine dealer and pimp before he became a Black Muslim, and those are both against Islam as well. If he repudiated his sexuality or repressed it at the same time he quit dealing drugs, I don’t see how that would be any more scandalous than any of his other sins. But I am coming from a Christian perspective, and have little notion of how repentance or forgiveness works in Islam, or the Nation of Islam.
What sayeth the Dope? Rumor-mongering, revelation, or a little about Little that we don’t know for certain?