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Stella (Ernest Boulton) was Victorian England’s most beautiful female impersonator, Fanny (Frederick Park) her inseparable companion. Stella was lauded for her beautiful soprano voice, and had a lengthy relationship with Lord Arthur Pelham-Clinton. Stella and Fanny were arrested in London in 1871, charged “with conspiring and inciting persons to commit an unnatural offence.” There was a sensational trial, but the prosecution.failed to prove they had anal sex, then a crime, or that crossdressing was a crime.

Stella (Ernest Boulton) was Victorian England’s most beautiful female impersonator, Fanny (Frederick Park) her inseparable companion. Stella was lauded for her beautiful soprano voice, and had a lengthy relationship with Lord Arthur Pelham-Clinton. Stella and Fanny were arrested in London in 1871, charged “with conspiring and inciting persons to commit an unnatural offence.” There was a sensational trial, but the prosecution.failed to prove they had anal sex, then a crime, or that crossdressing was a crime.

(Source: Guardian)

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