Bloomsbury Group in LGBT history
Before the first world war
While still in the Bloomsbury area LGBT activity was all very much in a single group. For example Duncan Grant, a homosexual with bisexual leanings, had affairs with Maynard Keynes, James Strachey, Adrian Stephen, David Garnett and straight Vanessa Bell.
During and after the first world war
Later the groups differentiated. Keynes married Lydia Lopokova, and no longer belonged to any of the LGBT groups. Other groups more or less splitted according to the location where they started to live.
Most of LGBT men in and around the Bloomsbury Group were conscientious objector during the war: they had to leave London in order to do manual labour on the land.
Lady Ottoline Morrell's circle
Lady Ottoline Morrell's extravagant parties no longer brought the group together, but during the first world war she did provide housing for conscientious objector Aldous Huxley at Garsington Manor where he was married to Maria Nys after the war. D. H. Lawrence, another visitor of Garsington, befriended Huxley.
Also Duncan Grant and David Garnett had to work on the land as conscientious objectors during World War I. They started living with Vanessa Bell in Charleston Farmhouse. Later Vanessa's and Clive Bell's son Julian proved to be gay too.
Francis Birrell started a bookshop together with David Garnett later on.
Lytton Strachey and Dora Carrington
Roger Senhouse, had been Strachey's last lover
E. M. Forster
E. M. Forster spent his time as conscientious objector in Egypt, and remained there some time after the First World War.
After Virginia Woolf had moved to Monk's House, she would meet Vita Sackville-West, writing her Roman à clef Orlando: A Biography about her. Woolf also met the LGBT people around her, including Harold Nicolson, Sackville-West's husband, Benedict Nicolson, their LGBT son and Violet Trefusis, her former lover.
- Angelica Garnett, Deceived with Kindness (1984) p. 33 (in 1995 edition)
- Francis Spalding, Duncan Grant: A Biography. (1997) p. 169-170: (around 1915 Lawrence warned David Garnett against homosexual tendencies like those of Francis Birrell, Duncan Grant and Keynes:) "Lawrence's views, as Quentin Bell was the first to suggest and S. P. Rosenbaum has argued conclusively, were stirred by a dread of his own homosexual susceptibilities, which are revealed in his writings, notably the cancelled prologue to Women in Love"
- Souhami, pp. 123-124
- Spalding 1991
- Todd Avery. Radio Modernism: Literature, Ethics, and the BBC, 1922-1938. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.; 1 January 2006. ISBN 978-0-7546-5517-6.
- Peter Clarke. Keynes. Bloomsbury Press, 2009. pp. 56, 57. ISBN 978-1-60819-023-2.
- Angelica Garnett. Deceived with Kindness (1984)
- Hermione Lee, Virginia Woolf London: Chatto & Windus, 1996.
- Ian Ousby ed., The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English (Cambridge 1995)
- Souhami, Diana (1997). Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter. Portrait of a Lesbian Affair: St. Martin's Griffin. pp. 123–223. ISBN 978-0-312-19517-5.
- Frances Spalding. Virginia Woolf: Paper Darts: the Illustrated Letters (1991)