like some many harper lee fans, i too have wondered if she was a lesbian, and only because of how difficult it must have been for her and other lgbtq americans in the 1950s, when mccarthyism was a. Famed for writing 1960s novel to kill a mockingbird, and, most recently, 2015s controversial release go set a watchman, author harper lees works have been the subject of much debate and discussion. However, lees sexuality was also a talking topic for some of her readers and following the authors death in february of this year, these discussions have flared up once more. like some many harper lee fans, i too have wondered if she was a lesbian, and only because of how difficult it must have been for her and other lgbt americans in the 1950s, when mccarthyism was a. is harper lee, the author of to kill a mockingbird, a lesbian? I know that tomboy scout in the book is based on her but that does not mean she was gay. But harper lee being a lesbian? It seems too many people seem to care about this. And too many people base this on the tomboyishness of scout in the book, and that harper herself never married. growing up gay in harper lees maycomb 07102015 0522 pm et updated jul 10, 2016 i remember the southern edges of monroe county quite like harper lee describes them in the first chapter of go set a watchman -- though, of course, she refers to the alabama county where we both grew up as the fictional maycomb. Nelle harper lee (april 28, 1926 february 19, 2016) was an american novelist best known for her 1960 novel to kill a mockingbird. It won the 1961 pulitzer prize and has become a classic of modern american literature. Lee published only two books, yet she was awarded the presidential medal of freedom in 2007 for her contribution to literature. Nelle harper lee, born in monroeville, alabama in the spring of 1926, was named, in a roundabout way, after her grandmother nelle is ellen spelled backward. She never married and was the last of her siblings, alice finch lee, louise conner and edwin lee to survive. harper lee is best known for writing the pulitzer prize-winning bestseller to kill a mockingbird and go set a watchman, which portrays the later years of the finch family.