Sherlock Holmes and the Singer
Fifteen years ago, from Feb 12 to March 11, 2004, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom opened the doors of City Hall to men and women who wanted to marry a person of their own sex. An everyday thing, marriage, and these were celebrated with an upsurge of joy and disbelief—yet the courts closed it down, and it took years, absurd, pointless, humiliating years of struggle, before that piece of paper was offered again. Before a woman could refer to her wife or a man to his husband.
I am a storyteller. I make my statements through the acts and words of those figures on the page.
Sherlock Holmes is an interesting character. A Victorian, of the upper classes, yet bohemian to his landlady’s despair, and comfortable with women, street children, and people of all sorts of social levels.
So what would Holmes have made of a transvestite singer in the Barbary Coast?