English fictional detective, born; What!? SHERLOCK HOLMES? Why
include the famous, hawk-nosed detective, a figment of Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle’s fertile imagination, when today is also the birthday
of the very real KING
RICHARD II (b:
1367), whom even the staid Encyclopedia Britannica called “tall,
handsome, and effeminate”?
Why? Because Sherlock, whom his creator almost named
“Sherinford,” is simply more interesting. And, besides, almost
anyone who has read Shakespeare knows about Richard, whereas almost
no one realizes that Sherlock Holmes was Gay. He was, of course,
the first consulting detective, a vocation he followed for 23
years. In January 1881, he was looking for someone to share his new
digs at 221B Baker Street, and there being no personal ads in the
Village Voice or The Advocate
(remember those?) in those days, a friend introduced him to Dr.
John H. Watson.
Before agreeing to share the flat, the two men, immediately
attracted to one another, listed their respective character
deficiencies. Holmes admitted to smoking a smelly pipe, although he
didn’t mention that he was a frequent user of cocaine. Watson owned
up to a peculiar habit of leaving his bed at odd hours of the
night. “I have another set of vices,” he admitted, but, then, so
The two became friends and roommates for the rest of their
lives. For the sordid details of the famous marriage of true minds
that followed, read Rex Stout’s astonishing “Watson Was Woman,” in
which the famous creator of Nero Wolfe (himself hardly a paragon of
butch studliness) reveals that Watson and Holmes were the most
extraordinary Gay team in sleuthing history....