Thanks for the answer, very interesting. I'm usually pretty similar to your thinking, a mix of subjectivity and consideration of authorial intent. Hadn't really given too much though to the trial and surrounding events, but you're quite right. I guess there's a long history of queer literature, film, etc. where the author knows that the queer reader will pick up on things that the het reader won't, the author still in need of self-defense. What a wonderful history of secret gay communication!
Oh definitely! That’s how I view the Sherlock Holmes canon - even with the hints at romance aside, there are too many winks to queer language and culture for me to be able to believe anything other than that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wanted those who wouldn’t mind to notice and those who would to be able to miss the romantic stuff and have absolutely no idea.