origin of "Bruce" implying "gay"?

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Tue Jan 27 17:48:58 UTC 2004

Someone on another list I subscribe to wrote:

This is where "Bruce" as a synonym for a gay man came from.  As in
"Bruce Wayne."  Wertham said that the arrangement where Bruce Wayne and
Dick Grayson live together was a gay man's wet dream.  Hence the
appearance in some parts of the Batman Mythos of Bruce's elderly aunt
(disremember her name) to provide some sort of female presence.

What's known about the origin of this -- well, I wouldn't call it a
synonym, but a snide implicator?

-- Mark A. Mandel

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