I knew a bit about 'Molly Houses', but I didn't know how dangerous it could be to pop into one for a drink on the way home - many straight people were hanged for doing so, on the grounds of committing 'sodomy', even though the evidence to prove that any sexual act had taken place was extremely difficult to obtain.
There were bands of muggers in the 1720s who went around London parks blackmailing people for clothes and money, saying they would have them hanged as a sodomite, unless they parted with the goods.
Two of these muggers made the mistake of stealing the clothes of a famous transvestite of the day, 'Lady Seraphin', and he/she actually brought them to The Old Bailey on a charge of robbery, for which they were transported. On their return, they continued their practice of preying on gays and straights, and eventually, one was hanged at Tyburn for doing so.
Lady Seraphin was extremely popular in both the gay and straight community (like Lily Savage is - for some reason - today), which probably explains her confidence in bringing this case of robbery to trial without fear of other obvious accusations! I looked her up on the net, and you would be amazed at how many modern transvestites are called 'Lady Seraphin' - her name lives on.
Homosexuality was de-criminalised in England, in the year 1967 - about 250 years after these notorious trials.
Thanks to Rictor Norton for both the image and his great transcript of these events (linked), and congratulations on having an extremely memorable first name.