2. Count Dracula
There remains literary dispute as to whether Count Dracula was written by author Bram Stoker to be gay. The most notable outing in the text comes when Jonathan Harker is pulled away from a group of vampiric women, and the count states “this one’s for me.” Shortly after, the granddaddy of all vampires overtly flirts with Harker, explaining that he too can love. A sexual orientation never gets expressed outright, of course, but this creature of the night demonstrated many a gay tendency, making him an early, if also somewhat predatory, representative of queer culture in the 19th century.