Outing Literary Heroes

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Ever wondered about the sexual orientation of classic novels protagonist?

Without much effort, several many of the main characters in Fitzgerald’s masterpiece can be read as gay: the flamboyantly fabulous party-throwing, clotheshorse Gatsby, with his closets full of pink suits; the unemotional, athletic, androgynous Jordan,

Ester Bloom did, and took some of them – including Moby Dick‘s Ishmael and The Great Gatsby‘s Nick Carraway – out of the closet on the Hairpin.


Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →