Memories of JFK From His Gay Best Friend

President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas 50 years ago, leaving behind a mourning nation and his gay best friend, Lem Billings.

BY Advocate Contributors

November 22 2013 5:00 AM ET

Harry Dixon, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy, John Coleman, Charlotte McDonnell, Jack and Lem, Palm Beach, Christmas 1940

“After his sojourn in Hollywood, Jack returned to the East Coast in time for the Christmas vacation period, during which he liked to spend time with his family and Lem. It would be the last Christmas in which the United States would be at peace for more than four years. For Jack and Lem, the carefree period of their lives — their school and college years — were now behind them. Like millions of other young Americans, they faced an uncertain future. In less than a year, the country would be at war.” (Page 80)

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