George Washington Carver – Was He Really Homosexual?

By OckyDub | Posted Feb 9 2012 | 21 Comments  
George Washington Carver (January 1864– January 5, 1943), was an American scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor. The exact day and year of his birth are unknown but he is believed to have been born into slavery in Missouri in January 1864.So as I am searching for a historical gay black man to highlight for Cypher Avenue and I come across George Washington Carver’s name.This somewhat confused me, because to my knowledge he was not homosexual.  The reason he was considered a homosexual is because he had a high pitched voice, did not marry or have any female companions, and he did not have any children.

Well I can somewhat understand the assumptions, but they are just that…assumptions.

But it has been discussed but ultimately can never really be proven, that Carver was castrated at a very young age by his adoptive white parents around the age of 7.  The reason for this is because they did not want Carver to de-flower their white daughter when he hit puberty and have some lil mix nigglet churr’in tarnishing their pristine white southern image.

 

Picture Well some would say this is not true, he was not castrated…he was just a sickly child with fever and it affected his vocal cords which caused the high pitched voice.

Personally I do believe he was castrated.  History shows through out the slave trade THOUSANDS of men and boys were castrated.  It was noted that black slaves were castrated “based on the assumption that the blacks had an ungovernable sexual appetite.”

Many times the master wanted boys to work in the main house and the castrated boys fetched a higher price by the slave traders.  Many slave codes or laws also noted castration as punishment for certain offenses based on the severity.

So if he was castrated, how could he be homosexual or heterosexual?  There is little to no documentation of Carver’s personal life.

Okay I understand you can be homo, hetero, or bi-sexual in mind and not have any sexual contact; however, if his scrotum or his penis and scrotum was severed at around age 7 and there is no record of his personal desires or him expressing any interest in males or females…Why then is he listed on many LGBT sites concerning black homosexual historical figures? 

I feel this is re-writing or making up history.  I feel these LGBT sites are falsely characterizing or putting Carver in a sexual classification box as to lay claim to another world genius who was on “OUR” team.

We have an abundance of great LGBT historical figures alive and dead that we don’t need to make one up.  What do you think?
-Octavius


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OckyDub

Octavius is a founder and editor of Cypher Avenue. He's here to help speak for us and show the world that masculine gay / bisexual men of color are not a part of the stereotypical gay normal that is seen and fed to the masses. No...we are a distinct breed, filled with character and pride. Cypher Avenue is here to show the world how we are different.

   
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  1. Tee | July 7th, 2013
    +1

    As much as I hate to admit, members of this community tend to try to “make” people gay who probably really aren’t. We can’t expect acceptance from the hetero community if we are trying to make them all like us lol! It isn’t fully “accepted” yet to be gay so some straight people take major offense to it when falsely accused. I’m sure there were plenty of great Black pioneers who were gay, just no one knew about it. I could only imagine how devestating it would be to be black & OPENLY gay back then.

    • DJ | May 25th, 2014
      0

      I’ve read that it was widely known that he was castrated, however, when an author interviewed him and asked about it, he stated that that period of his life was very painful and that he did not want to discuss it. So, it was hard to get corroboration from him. Also, although researchers have stated that he was castrated, however, a debate continues about when it happened, based upon his physiological development.

  2. Will | July 7th, 2013
    +2

    I admit, there’s no way to know for sure whether or not George Washington Carver was gay. I was skeptical as well when I first heard of this. Then again, our guess is just as good as anyone else. People can’t really say that he was straight either. As far as the whole castration story goes, I think that’s complete BS. For one thing, he has noticeable facial hair in many of his photos. If he was castrated at such an early age, his body would not have produced the testosterone needed to produce secondary sexual characteristics like facial hair. Unless his facial hair was glued on, I’m pretty sure Mr. Carver’s gonads were still in place during his life.

    • MsKelley | June 24th, 2014
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      Castration only results in loss of facial and body hair if done before puberty. Carver’s age was not known and if he was castrated as an adolescent he would not have lost facial or body hair.

      Biographer Peter Burchard believes it is likely. He discussed it in this Iowa Public Radio interview. http://iowapublicradio.org/post/voice-george-washington-carver

  3. Linda Tom | July 7th, 2013
    +3

    My following comments add a pinch of history and no wisdom to this dialogue.

    My father knew George Washington Carver at Tuskegee Institute and heard him speak. He says that it was common knowledge at the time that Carver had been castrated and that his high pitched voice was a result. My father also said that Carver was never considered homosexual. His castration and complete immersion in his research activities, work and teaching kept him a bachelor all his life.

  4. James | July 7th, 2013
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    in what way do you mean it was common knowledge, not many people let folks know that they were castrated. so did mr carver ever tell your father or anyone else that he was castrated,did someone see him in the showere? maybe he was maybe he wasn’t.

  5. Terry Porice | July 7th, 2013
    0

    very very interesting but people need to read more

  6. Damon L. Fordham | May 26th, 2014
    +3

    Its irresponsible in the extreme to spread such stories without hard evidence. There are people out there who are so embittered and emotional (for understandable reasons) that they are quick to latch onto such tales because they fit their outlook on the world. But the study of our history is a sacred endeavor and we do not need unfounded exaggeration of what was already a tragic situation to begin with to play upon the emotions of the masses who are untrained in historical research. It is documented that Dr. Carver was a slave, which was bad enough, but to make these kind of assumptions when we don’t really know for sure to misdirect the anger and confusion of a people does us a great disservice when that anger is needed to constructively fight the true problems of the present that remain.

  7. Kevin | May 29th, 2014
    0

    They were not his “adoptive parents” they were his owners. He had been stolen as a slave and when found returned to his masters house. It was common practice to castrate male house slaves, especially in households of white women. Forever to be called Uncle never to be called Father.

  8. Rod Turpin
    Rod! | May 30th, 2014
    0

    This was a very interesting read. I honestly wasn’t familiar with George Washington Carver being rumored to be gay. But if the main reasons behind the rumor are a high-pitched voice and being a long-term bachelor, I completely agree that it doesn’t cut it. I did always think it was common knowledge that he was castrated, as that was such a common practice then.

    The thing about speculation is that while I’d love to say that we should never really speculate on sexuality without substantial evidence, the reality is in many, many historical (and some modern) contexts you’ll never find substantial evidence, just due to the time period, or region, or other elements of the culture. So while I agree that there’s not much in this case supporting the idea that Carver was gay, we also can’t reduce speculation on sexuality to a simple “I want the best players on my team” mentality.

  9. Michael | July 4th, 2014
    0

    In fairness, just because Dr. Carver may have been castrated does not mean he could not also have been gay. Bagoas, anyone? Clearly I should read more on this. One article about GWC says he had a fondness for massaging handsome men with therapeutic peanut oil treatments, but I do not know of other evidence either way.

  10. Jay | July 5th, 2014
    +1

    The main reason why people think he’s gay is not because he never had any women, but he lived with a man for a good portion of his latter life (Austin Wingate Curtis Jr) who he also left everything to.

  11. Palma | September 12th, 2014
    +1

    Hate this castration rumor. The Carvers did not have a “big house”. The pioneers in southwest Missouri did not have plantations. The Carvers were childless, so there was no daughter to protect. Slavery was over right after George was born. They did not own him. They raised him without requiring labor of him, and provided him with an education. GWC had nothing bad to say about them.
    This is evil to say because someone has a higher voice.

    • Rose | October 2nd, 2014
      -1

      He was adopted by a white family in Iowa that had a daughter. He was castrated a seven years old.In fear that he would grow up and rape their daughter. That why he never developed a mature male voice. There are places on-line where you can hear him speak.. This was a horrible deed, he gave us so much. The truth is “No good Deed goes unpunished “

  12. Rose | October 2nd, 2014
    0

    The real concern should be on the evil done.and the pain this man carried on in life.

  13. Kevin | January 9th, 2015
    +1

    Carver never married, but at age forty, he began a three-year courtship with Miss Sarah L. Hunt, an elementary school teacher and the sister-in-law of Tuskegee Institute Treasurer Warren Logan, which lasted until she took a teaching job in California.

    Kremer, Gary R., George Washington Carver: A Biography, Greenwood, 2011, ISBN 0313347964, p. 68

    • Sovonne | January 3rd, 2018
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      I wondered on this site by accident. It was my intention to find more information about Sarah Hunt and GW Carver. Most importantly, I wanted to try to find a photo of her.

      My reason was fostered by a letter I read which she wrote about Mr. Carver, and how the perception of her family, regarding “darker” Negros, and their accomplished prestige, prevented her from acknowledging their relationship as a “courtship”.

      He loved her, and she loved him as well. But his complexion was too dark and his status too low at the time.

      I wanted to see “how light”, Ms. Hunt’s complexion was… to try and better understand her justifications.

      Out of required choice, it seems she married someone else, to whom she loved not. And in this false love she was driven to commit suicide.

      If you get an opportunity pick up this book:
      CARVER, a life in poems.
      By Marilyn Nelson
      Copyright 2001
      Front Street Publishers

      Turn to page 51.
      There you will find:
      “The Sweet-Hearts.
      Sarah Hunt’s, rumored suicide”

      It is a beautiful tribute to the man she loved!

      I would be curious to hear your, or anyone’s comments!!!

  14. Ginger Webb | February 1st, 2016
    0
    • Sovonne | January 3rd, 2018
      0

      I wrote the following in response to an existing post that mentioned the name of the woman Mr. Carver fell in love with. I read the excerpt from the link you provided. I don’t believe
      Mr. Carver to be a gay man as implied there…
      ………………………………..I wrote:
      I wondered on this site by accident. It was my intention to find more information about Sarah Hunt and GW Carver. Most importantly, I wanted to try to find a photo of her.

      My reason was fostered by a letter I read which she wrote about Mr. Carver, and how the perception of her family, regarding “darker” Negros, and their accomplished prestige, prevented her from acknowledging their relationship as a “courtship”.

      He loved her, and she loved him as well. But his complexion was too dark and his status too low at the time.

      I wanted to see “how light”, Ms. Hunt’s complexion was… to try and better understand her justifications.

      Out of required choice, it seems she married someone else, to whom she loved not. And in this false love she was driven to commit suicide.

      If you get an opportunity pick up this book:
      CARVER, a life in poems.
      By Marilyn Nelson
      Copyright 2001
      Front Street Publishers

      Turn to page 51.
      There you will find:
      “The Sweet-Hearts.
      Sarah Hunt’s, rumored suicide”

      It is a beautiful tribute to the man she loved!

      I would be curious to hear your, or anyone’s comments!!!

  15. Dennise Espenlaub | October 5th, 2016
    0

    Youre so cool!

  16. Lee Lee | March 15th, 2018
    0

    If he was gay it was because the same bastard who had him castrated at 7yrs old was probably molesting him back then too 😭😭💔💔💔 He went through so much pain and still became a great leader and man👏👏👏




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