Twitter Ignites with Speculation: Who is Lady G? (Hint: Not Gaga) And What About Those Escorts?

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Saturday June 6, 2020

Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC., questions Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC., questions Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 11, 2019  (Source:AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Twitter blew up just before the weekend with allegations that a "prominent" GOP senator has been bolting the closet door shut by day with an anti-LGBTQ record... but hiring male sex workers during his off hours.

Gay adult film star Sean Harding posted a tweet on June 4 that claimed a "homophobic republican senator" with a history of "passing legislation that is damaging to the lgbt and minority communities" has a parallel history of hiring "[e]very sex worker I know". The tweet went on to post the question: "Wondering if enough of us spoke out if that could get him out of office?"

News sites covering the claims report that the purported sex workers were required to sign nondisclosure agreements, creating an obstacle to their stepping forward to share their stories.

Nevertheless, Harding posted in a followup tweet:

"Fellow sex workers I invite you to stand with me during this crucial time. EVERY major news network is in my inbox including high profile lawyers willing to take this case.

The tweet continued: "There's strength in numbers - I KNOW you're out there because EVERYONE has a story about LG when we talk."

The reference to a "Republican senator" and the initials "LG" prompted speculation that the individual being referred to in the tweets is South Carolina's Lindsey Graham, reports FITSNews:

Considering there is only one member of the U.S. Senate with those initials, speculation quickly turned (again) to U.S. senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who has been dodging rumors like this for the better part of the last decade. This time, though, the allegation quickly took on a life of its own. By Friday afternoon, the hashtag "Lady G" — which is purportedly Graham's nickname among male sex workers — was trending on Twitter.

Graham has long denied rumors that he's gay. But that's not what users at Twitter seemed to care about. FITSNews reflected the general tenor of those who responding with comments to Harding's allegations in his Twitter thread, the gist being that the senator's sexual orientation, whatever it might be, is not at issue. Rather, it is the senator's alleged hypocrisy that's the rub.

That, and, FITSNews added:

...Graham's chameleon-esque inability to settle on a political orientation. An erstwhile #NeverTrumper, he flip-flopped and began supporting Trump in late 2017 when it became clear he was about to lose his seat.

In another followup tweet, Harding said that his claims were not "a revenge story" or "A petty feud."

"This is about bringing justice to individuals whop keep escaping justice and think they are above the law."

Added the tweet:

"It's time to remove corrupt forces in our government & save democracy."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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