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There is absolutely zero historical evidence that he was gay. I really wish people would stop getting their history lessons from Cosmo and Maxim.
I do not read either Cosmo or Maxim. I came to the conclusion that he was at least bisexual based on his intimacy with Walter Rufus King, his frequent talk about his "communion" with his housemate, or the few surviving letters that are even more intimate than the generally flowery and loving language of the time would permit between mere good friends. Or maybe he was generally straight, but considered King his soulmate. At the very least, the language he describes his friendship with King in is extremely similar to the language that Walt Whitman described his male lovers in. It's also possible he was asexual, or demisexual, and simply had a mortal terror of being alone, but those still fly under the queer flag.
Edited to add: If I was one to get my historical "facts" from magazines, as opposed to research, I would probably believe Shakespeare was gay or bisexual, which I do not believe. He was obviously in love with the mysterious Young Man, but is distinctly not thrilled with the man's penis, and laments that he couldn't be a she. Bi-romantic, possibly, bisexual, unlikely.
Though on the subject of queer presidents, I think we're likely to get an open asexual before an open homosexual or bisexual. However, the generation growing up right now is generally either supportive or indifferent to the homosexual community.