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Title : Parliamentary Debate on Cleveland Street scandal (1890)

Keywords: Crime, scandal, homosexuality, sex

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The Cleveland Street scandal of 1889 began when a ‘homosexual’ male brothel in Fitzrovia, London, was discovered by the police. Prince Albert Victor, eldest son of the Prince of Wales and second-in-line to the British throne, was rumoured to be one of the brothel’s clients. Officials were involved in a cover-up to keep aristocratic names out of the scandal. The episode helped to popularise the attitude that male homosexuality was a fundamentally aristocratic vice that corrupted lower-class youths.

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