May 2 in LGBTQ History

1972: Edgar Hoover dies of a heart attack at the age of seventy-seven.  The main provision of his will — leaving the bulk of his $551,000 estate to his close companion of more than forty years, Clyde Tolson — renews longtime speculation over his sexuality.  “I was in love once when I was young,” Hoover remarked before his death, “but then I became attached to the Bureau.”

1994: Wayne County, Georgia commissioners vote to bar the use of county funds to “promote” homosexuality.

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