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Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas.

“Your sonnet is quite lovely, and it is a marvel that those red rose-leaf lips of yours should be made no less for the madness of music and song than for the madness of kissing. Your slim gilt soul walks between passion and poetry. I know Hyacinthus, whom Apollo loved so madly, was you in Greek days. “

“Besides, I want to see you. It is really absurd. I can’t live without you. You are so dear, so wonderful. I think of you all day long, and miss your grace, your boyish beauty, the bright sword-play of your wit, the delicate fancy of your genius, so surprising always in its sudden swallow-flights towards north and south, towards sun and moon — and, above all, yourself. “

“He has also ruined my life, so I can’t help loving him — it is the only thing to do.”

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S H E R L O C K - gay victorian fever dream special | It was simply my conjecture of what a future world might look like and how you and I might fit inside it. From a drop of water a logician should be able to infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara. But perhaps such things could come to pass. In any case, I know I would be very much at home in such a world. Huh, I don’t think I would be. I beg to differ. But then I’ve always known I was a man out of his time.

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: "You can murder him, marry him, do whatever the fuck you want with him, Sherlock Holmes can suck my balls."
  • Steven Moffat: "Read you loud and clear."
  • Mark Gatiss: *Winks*
  • Randos: "They canNOT make Sherlock Holmes gay that was nOT in the BOOKS If the author wanted **that** he would've WRITTEN EXPLICITLY GAY SEX in his VICTORIAN book how DARE they slander the beautiful manuscript in such a way WHAT the fUCK isn't anything Sacred anyMORE?!?!"
Victorian Grindr

Piccadilly Circus was the main spot to go “cruising” for men.

To signal that they were down for same sex play, gay Victorian men would place their thumbs underneath their armpits and drum their fingers on their chest.

Tapping a guy on the back of his hand was also code for showing you were interested in him.

If you wanted to announce your straightness, you whistled.

Source: How to Be Victorian, Ruth Goodman

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