San Francisco author Jack Fritscher has written Titanic: The Untold Tale of Gay Passengers and Crew, which is now being sold.
In mixing fictional and historical characters, the 68-page book "outs" the forbidden gay love story of the world's most famous cruise, featuring the Unsinkable Molly Brown; the posh lovers Michael Whitney and Edward Wedding; and the working crew, including Balkan Stoker, Royal Purser Felix Jones, second carpenter Michael Brice and Third Officer Sam Maxwell.
Titanic sank April 15, 1912, creating a media frenzy. Fritscher said, "In movie-newsreel footage shot three days later on the deck of the rescue ship Carpathia immediately after it docked at Chelsea Piers in New York, a dozen of the surviving Titanic crew, mostly sailor lads in tight white pants hiding little, showing lots, can be seen in very intimate horseplay, camping around and posing in life jackets, pretending to faint."
Of the 885 male crew on Titanic, 693 (or 78 percent) died. Altogether, 1,352 men perished. If, according to Kinsey, one out of six ordinary men is gay, 225 gay men died. If two out of six in the travel industry are gay, 450 gay men died, making Titanic an overlooked but essential chapter in gay history.