19th century thief and transvestite/transsexual Lasse-Maja captivated the Swedish public with his escapades, and his charm eventually earned him his freedom.
Bill Tilden turned tennis from a sissy sport into a game for athletes. Ironically, he was later ostracized for being a sissy himself, though he has always been considered one of the greats of tennis.
Mori Ranmaru was the page and favorite of powerful 16th century warlord Oda Nobunaga. They were also lovers, committing suicide together during a siege at a temple in Kyoto.
Mahmud of Ghazni, who created a vast empire in the 10th and 11th centuries in present-day Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and parts of India, made his beloved former slave Malik Ayaz the King of Lahore.
The complicated Duncan Grant-David Garnett-Vanessa Bell relationship took a truly peculiar twist when Angelica Bell, daughter of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, married David Garnett, who had been the lover of her father not long before her birth.
19th century American actress Charlotte Cushman wasn't just one of the greatest dramatists on stage of her day, her many lesbian relationships were full of a lot of private drama as well.
The Warren Cup, a 1st Century AD Roman banqueting cup, features two finely wrought low-relief sculptures of male couples making love. Once a closely guarded secret treasure, it now belongs to the British Museum.