New Documentary ‘Lover of Men’ Explores Abraham Lincoln’s Sexuality (Exclusive)

Abraham Lincoln‘s romantic life is getting a close-up.

PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at the trailer for the upcoming documentary Lover of Men: The Untold History of Abraham Lincoln, which peels back the curtain on the 19th-century president’s private life and examines Lincoln’s relationships with men before he was elected president in 1860.

Directed by filmmaker Shaun Peterson, Lover of Men features interviews with over a dozen scholars, historians and experts on Lincoln’s life. The trailer emphasizes his near mythical stature in American culture.

Lover of Men poster.

Courtesy of Special Occasion


“Lover Of Men examines the intimate life of America’s most consequential president, Abraham Lincoln,” reads an official synopsis for the upcoming film. “As told by preeminent Lincoln scholars and never before seen photographs and letters, the film details Lincoln’s romantic relationships with men.”

The movie uses historical evidence of Lincoln’s romantic relationships to then widen “its lens into the history of human sexual fluidity and focuses on the profound differences between sexual mores of the nineteenth century and those we hold today,” the synopsis reads.

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“The film fills in an important missing piece of American history and challenges the audience to consider why we hold such a limited view of human sexuality,” the film’s synopsis concludes. “Lover Of Men is not only an exploration of gender roles and sexual identity, but also serves as an examination of American intolerance.”

Still image from Lover of Men: The Untold History of Abraham Lincoln.

Courtesy of Special Occasion


Lincoln’s sexuality has been examined over the years, including a 1999 feature story in Salon magazine and a 2005 book by author Clarence Arthur Tripp titled The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln, among other works.

“Years in the making…my passion project has come to life,” filmmaker Peterson wrote on Instagram of the movie in May.

Lover of Men: The Untold History of Abraham Lincoln is coming soon to theaters nationwide.

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