1797-1828

The sexuality of Franz Schubert has been hotly debated among academics for years. Compelling arguments for his queerness have been published, then rebuked with much animosity and scholarly controversy! How could he be gay if he was a known chaser of women? But there was the small matter of his vague relationships with male friends and sex workers. Could it be that he was a chaser of both men AND women...? The scholars may never agree. [link]

A drawing of a cute young Schubert, with tousled hair and an open collar.