It was illegal to talk about someones sexuality?
Or it was illegal to be gay???
Thats almost like a Nazi-esque rule
It was illegal to be caught in a homosexual act. That's why Oscar Wilde died at an early age. The father of one of his lovers took him to Court and he was sentenced to heavy labour. It contributed to his death, but he wrote The Ballad Of Reading Jail
which has become one of his better known works.
The law was brought in in Victorian times. The only reason lesbians weren't in the same position was that Queeen Victoria didn't believe two women would ever think like that.
Startling, but true.