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Yet, it was nothing discussed in the media and, apparently, in many of his own circles, particularly straight political circles.
This being an era when male actors felt homosexuality was a danger to their career, lawyers shot down that book fast.” And if that wasn’t scandalous enough: “I write that friends who went to school with him in San Mateo say, when he was a young homosexual growing up, he was sexually molested” by a priest.
And there was a young James Dean selling his sex for cash. Louis’ boy next door, Tom Drake, who, by the way, ended up a used car salesman.
There was Peter Lawford, Robert Walker, Gordon Scott the then-Tarzan.
That was not only focused on in the Denny Terrio lawsuit against Griffin but also was something that several Hollywood gay men told me about, offering first hand experience, while I was researching Queer in America back in the early 90s and some of this (though, for legal reasons not all) is reported on in the book.
Finally, Griffin’s closet had him firing gay men who’d actually made it up through the ranks of his own company, simply because they were openly gay.
This man was intimate with the Reagans (and Nancy Reagan in particular) during the height of the AIDS epidemic in 80s, with few treatments available and fear-mongering having gripped the media.