But Carter didn't just stumble onto a tomb. He was a competent Egyptologist with four gay connections.
1. He never married.
That was not, in itself, unusual during the early years of the 20th century. Medical science of the era taught that sexual activity was extremely hazardous, sometimes fatal, and should be avoided whenever possible, so many men avoided it altogether.
3. When he realized that he had discovered something big, he wired George Herbert, Earl of Carnavon (1866-1923), who bankrolled the expedition, to share in the opening of the tomb with him.
And wealthy (his home is now used to film Downton Abbey).
And gay. He was married, but his wife, Almina, learned to tolerate his affairs, expecially in the field.
4. Rumor has it that Carter and Herbert were lovers. It's impossible to know for sure after 100 years, but both seemed to prefer Arab men, keying into the fetishization of the Orient common in the era. So maybe not.
See also: Ancient Egyptian Beefcake.