She was painfully well aware of the fact that she could be no more than a burden on any man who sought to marry her. At least two men offered and she was intrigued by the prospect (and very nearly did elope as a previous poster mentioned). Helen keller helen keller was a deaf and blind author, social activist and public speaker. She met many presidents of the united states and had a number of famous admirers including mark twain. Helen adams keller (june 27, 1880 june 1, 1968) was an american author, disability rights advocate, political activist and lecturer. Born in west tuscumbia, alabama, she lost her sight and hearing after a bout of illness at the age of nineteen months. She then communicated primarily using home signs until the age of seven when she met her first teacher and life-long companion anne sullivan. lenn keller of oakland was a cofounder of the bay area lesbian archives. Photo brittany hosea-small, special to the chronicle in 1975, lenn keller arrived in san francisco to join a flourishing scene of womens coffeehouses, bookstores and bars. impressive story, but i wondered, why was ann sullivan so motivated and committed to helen keller? Only explanation i can think of is there was some strange lesbian relationship that was formed, maybe with ann introducing helen to what sex was and pleasure associated with and then using helen to read her lips--pussy lips, o ya. students learn about helen keller learning to communicate as a child and not about her achievements as an adult, like co-founding the aclu. And helen keller was caught between loyalty to her family and her own yearnings for love. Yet perhaps helen kellers real untold story is this her triumph over multiple disabilities and her enormous celebrity had trapped her within a constricting saintliness and an image of purity. Keller was born in evanston, illinois in 1951 (some sources give 1950 as the year), the daughter of a world war ii veteran. Her birth name was intended as a reference to the well-known helen keller, an association keller found difficult at times. She graduated from new trier high school in suburban winnetka, where she was one of the few black students in her classes she later. helen keller was born in june 1880 in tuscumbia, northwest alabama. Afflicted at the age of 19 months with an unknown illness (possibly scarlet fever or meningitis) that left her blind and deaf, keller went on to achieve many remarkable feats, publishing 14 books and becoming world-renowned as a keen activist for a range of causes.