Kinsey’s Gay Entrée
BY Jerry Rosco
May 25 2010 2:40 PM ET
As Wescott remembered it, the party had seemed in danger of remaining completely proper, perhaps because the young men were uncomfortable in Dr. Kinsey’s presence. But, sitting next to Michael Miksche, Wescott decided to act: “I was playing it by ear, when I suddenly realized that I could do it; they were all acquaintances but I didn’t know them too well. So I just slipped out of my chair and went down on my Michael. Whereupon, away they all went! Then I got back on my voyeuristic seat. Alfred was sitting in a corner. He made absolute dead silence! He could disappear in the room, you know, you’d forget all about him. Everybody said that. He never made a move, he didn’t breathe, and the eyes were just—he was so fond, so nonnegative, so positive, and he made you feel so important and central, and suddenly there you were: you’d forgotten he was there. It was a magical effect. And suddenly he’d get up and move, and you’d think, ‘My God, he’s been there a long time!’”
Kinsey also visited New York homosexual bars and Times Square haunts where Wescott would never be seen. “I didn’t know about that; he didn’t go with me, but I’m sure he went with my friends,” said Wescott. “But, you see, he never told you anything, just on principle, and you never asked him anything. But he wasn’t very much interested in it. He would probably go to one of each kind, and just have a look. What he wanted to do was talk. And to get to know people.”
Kinsey saw a party that was different from Malouf’s at the Greenwich Village apartment of Ralph Pomeroy, Wheeler’s companion. Pomeroy remembered that “Glenway suggested it. There may have been two hundred people, a huge success. Nothing happened. It was just beautiful young guys who gave off positive vibes. But Kinsey loved it. He wanted to see the social behavior of gays. It wasn’t just about sex.”
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