02/17/2014 09:24 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

7 Politicians Who've Faced Gay Rumors

Throughout the course of American history, those involved in our country's political sphere have consistently faced rumors, speculation and scrutiny about their sexuality.

From Abraham Lincoln to our current president, queer rumors have become a regular part of the experience of being a politician. Though there may be no way for us to ever know if any of these rumors hold any truth -- and what it means to be queer in 2014 may not have even existed as a concept during the lifetime of some of these figures -- it is worth considering how many leaders, if not the ones listed below, may have been queer and what it would have meant for our society if they had come out.

In honor of President's Day, check out this list of some of our most prominent political figures to face queer rumors throughout the course of our country's history.

Politicians Who've Faced Gay Rumors