Malcolm X in 1964 (Pic:Marion S. Trikosko)

A new book adds to evidence that US civil rights leader Malcolm X was bisexual and claims that he had an affair with a white businessman.

The claims are included in Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable, the esteemed African-American Columbia University historian who died last week, just days before the book was published.

It’s not the first time that this has been claimed. Malcolm X’s alleged gay experiences were also recounted in the 1991 book, Malcolm: The Life of a Man Who Changed Black America, by Bruce Perry. At the time, Perry was maligned by black nationalists and the Nation of Islam over the claims.

According to Perry, Malcolm X had numerous same-sex sexual experiences, had an affair with a transsexual named Willie Mae, and also had sex with gay men for money.

British LGBT rights activists Peter Tatchell, who has previously written about Malcolm X, said that the new book was a validation of Perry claims.

“Manning Marable was a widely respected historian with great credibility in academic, black and left-wing circles,” said Tatchell.

“His corroboration of Malcolm X’s same-sex experiences will hopefully help undermine the decades of denialism by those who misguidedly regard homosexuality as shameful and unAfrican.”

Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little, grew up in foster homes and embarked on a criminal career before being jailed.

He converted to Islam in jail and went on to become a minister, public speaker, and human rights activist.

Malcolm X is widely seen as one of the most influential African Americans in history. He was assassinated in 1965 at the age of 39.

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