Liberace and flamboyance

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My wife and I watched HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra” — the story about Liberace and that other guy.

And I remember as a kid watching him with my Sicilian grandmother and my aunts, her sisters. And I kept thinking that we either didn’t know Liberace was gay at the time or did know but didn’t care.

He was – well, Liberace. We called him flamboyant but not gay. But it just didn’t matter.

So why does it now?