Was Kitchener Gay?

Jad Adams weighs the evidence for Kitchener's rumoured homosexuality.

Herbert Kitchener

One of the things 'everyone seems to know about Lord Kitchener is that he was gay. As the current debate about gays in the military continues, in the wake of September's ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, the erect and manly figure of the imperial avenger is brought to the fore to demonstrate the apparent absurdity of barring a sexual minority which included one of Britain's greatest soldiers.

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