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'Never Seen a Vagina': Lindsey Graham’s Sexuality Is a Joke

Because I’ve been writing this column for several years, and get to talk to lots of amazing people, my friends, mostly the straight ones, like to quiz me about who’s gay, who’s not, and who’s in the closet.This fishing expedition is mostly generational, since it’s mostly my contemporaries who inquire about the sexuality of celebrities and politicians. Those of us who are LGBTQ+ and over 50, still look on with low-level shock when someone we know announces they are queer.For straight people in this demographic, being gay, or being in the closet is still something that they sensationalize. The current generation just shrugs.

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