An intimate of Billings, writer Lawrence J. Quirk, claimed that Billings, whom he met in 1946 when both worked in Jack Kennedy's first congressional campaign, had confided to him that their relationship did, in fact, involve sex acts— 'a friendship that included oral sex, with Jack always on the receiving end.' Quirk, who acknowledged his own bisexuality, asserted that Billings 'believed that this arrangement enabled Jack to sustain his self-delusion that straight men who received oral sex from other males were really only straights looking for sexual release.' As Quirk further observed, 'Jack was in love with Lem being in love with him and considered him the ideal follower-adorer.' Lem Billings was a strapping, bespectacled, 'grizzly-bearish' fellow with big feet and a large head topped by curly, dirty blond hair, who always seemed to be smiling.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 4:44 PM