The 1950s were not an easy time for gay men, many of whom lived in fear of discovery by their employers. Gay federal employees were hunted down and blacklisted as the result of a 1953 Executive Order from President Eisenhower; upon discovery, many committed suicide. Shamefully, this executive order was actually drafted by a gay man: Eisenhower’s national security advisor Bobby Cutler, a blue-blood Bostonian. He was madly in love with a staffer named Skip Koons who was thirty-two years his junior. In other words, Cutler spent his days agitating coups in Iran and Guatemala, driving many of his queer colleagues to their deaths while chasing after the hottest guy in the office. What a guy! Ike’s mystery Man is a new biography written by Cutler’s great-nephew Peter Shinkle, who used historical interviews and hundreds of pages of Cutler’s explicit diary entries, which he stumbled across at the Eisenhower Presidential Library.
image: Robert “Bobby” Cutler and Skip Koons in 1957 / Huffington Post