Rumours about the sexuality of Trump’s henchman and US Senator Lindsey Graham (64) have been circulating for years – despite his homophobic politics. Now, porn star Sean Harding threatened the politician with the unofficial nickname “Lady G” on Twitter with an outing – which could mean the end of a political career.

In a tweet with unimagined impact, porn star and escort Sean Harding last week hinted at something incredible: There is said to be a US senator who regularly supports anti-queer laws and who has already called just about every male hustler from Harding’s circle of acquaintances to his office – apparently not for talking.

First of all: Sean Harding does not mention Graham by name. However, in another tweet in which he asked other sex workers for support, he spoke of “LG” – and since there is only one US senator with these initials, Twitter didn’t have to rack its brains for long.

 

Since 2003, Graham has been the senator for South Carolina. In 2006, he voted against attempts to open the marriage to same-sex couples and stated that he sees marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman that needs to be protected. According to the Human Rights Campaign, Graham also voted against adoption rights and queer anti-discrimination laws.

Rumors that the unmarried US senator from South Carolina is homosexual have been circulating on the Internet and repeatedly in the media for years. In 2010, Graham explained to the New York Times that those rumours are not true:

“I know it’s really gonna upset a lot of gay men — I’m sure hundreds of ’em are gonna be jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge — but I ain’t available. I ain’t gay. Sorry.”

Many male sex workers allegedly see it differently: With “Lady G” they are even supposed to have an internal nickname for Graham. This became a trend on Twitter last week after Harding’s Post went viral. In subsequent tweets Harding said that every major news network had written to him, as well as many well-known lawyers who were willing to take on the case. The porn star and sex worker asks others to join him. Together they would be stronger, said Harding.

“I know you’re out there because EVERYONE has a story about LG whenever we talk.”

 

Are you allowed to force-out somebody?

The queer community is torn since forced outings are a difficult thing after all. However, one fact does play a role in many discussions: Graham uses his position to support queerphobic government statements and legislation. If this was done out of self-hatred, they argue, he would not only harm others but himself as well – and must thus be stopped.

Dan Savage, founder of the “It gets better” project and well-known queer activist, expressed his opinion on Twitter:

 

The timing does not seem to be a coincidence: in the general election on November 3 this year, Graham is facing a strong candidate with the African-American Democrat Jaime Harrison (44). 1988 was the last time a Democrat in South Carolina, Fritz Hollings, won the seat in the Senate, after which the state was firmly in Republican hands. Until now?

Graham has many critics who would be pleased if the Republican were to topple. Not only did he make enemies through his conservative and homophobic attitude – many also accuse him of spinelessness and opportunism. After failing in the 2015 Republican presidential primary and later establishing himself as a fervent opponent of Trump, he became a supporter of the current US president after his victory and never tires of defending him again and again.

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  • 1620px-Lindsey_Graham_by_Gage_Skidmore: By: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 3.0 / wikimedia.org
  • pornostar: Fotos: United States Senate / CC0; Twitter

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