Uranian is a 19th-century term that referred to a person of a third sex—originally, someone with "a female psyche in a male body" who is sexually attracted to men, and later extended to cover homosexual gender variant females, and a number of other sexual types.It is believed to be an English adaptation of the German word Urning, which was first published by activist Karl Heinrich Ulrichs (1825–95) in a series of five booklets (1864–65) which were collected under the title Forschungen über das Räthsel der mannmännlichen Liebe ("Research into the Riddle of Man-Male Love").Ulrichs developed his terminology before the first public use of the term "homosexual", which appeared in 1869 in a pamphlet published anonymously by Karl-Maria Kertbeny (1824–82).
I hold it to be noble - more noble than other forms." The term also gained currency among a group that studied Classics and dabbled in pederastic poetry from the 1870s to the 1930s.
The writings of this group are now known by the phrase "Uranian poetry".
The art of Henry Scott Tuke and Wilhelm von Gloeden is also sometimes referred to as "Uranian".
The word itself alludes to Plato's Symposium, a discussion on Eros (love).
Therefore, it stands for homosexual gender, while Aphrodite Dionea (Dioning) represents the heterosexual gender.
The term "Uranian" was quickly adopted by English-language advocates of homosexual emancipation in the Victorian era, such as Edward Carpenter and John Addington Symonds, who used it to describe a comradely love that would bring about true democracy, uniting the "estranged ranks of society" and breaking down class and gender barriers.
Oscar Wilde wrote to Robert Ross in an undated letter (?
18 February 1898): "To have altered my life would have been to have admitted that Uranian love is ignoble.
In this dialog, Pausanias distinguishes between two types of love, symbolised by two different accounts of the birth of Aphrodite, the goddess of love.