More About John Maynard Keynes’s Bisexuality

John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes of Tilton in the County of Sussex (1883 – 1946) was a British economist whose ideas have profoundly affected the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics, and informed the economic policies of governments. He is widely considered to be one of the founders of modern macroeconomics and the most influential economist of the 20th century. Keynes obsessively counted and tabulated almost everything, including his sexual encounters with both men and women.

John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes of Tilton in the County of Sussex (1883 – 1946) was a British economist whose ideas have profoundly affected the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics, and informed the economic policies of governments. He is widely considered to be one of the founders of modern macroeconomics and the most influential economist of the 20th century. Keynes obsessively counted and tabulated almost everything, including his sexual encounters with both men and women.

You can be the most important economist of the 20th Century, but if you’re bisexual, they will say, “Oh, there goes that bisexual guy.”

Of course, we’re kidding. It’s doubtful anyone did that to brilliant Cambridge economist  John Maynard Keynes, who was in fact, bisexual.

But, a recent article in The Guardian about a book involving Keynes does talk a lot about his bisexuality.

. Keynes was bisexual. His orientation was towards other men, but at the age of 38 he began a mutually satisfying affair with the ballerina Lydia Lopokova, a dancer with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. They married in 1925, when Keynes was 42 – his best man was the painter Duncan Grant, who had been the chief male love of his life. It proved a happy and fulfilling marriage. But the period when he was picking up young men took him to places quite outside the regular Cambridge don’s experience. He spent Christmas of 1910 in the Victoria Commercial Hotel in Ramsgate with a group of pantomime actors (“whose chief characteristic seems to be their extraordinary kindness”, he said) because he was sleeping with one of them.

Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]