The works of García Lorca, internationally recognized as Spain's most prominent lyric poet and dramatist of the twentieth century, are filled with thinly veiled homosexual motifs and themes.
There has always been homosexual involvement in American musical theatre and a homosexual sensibility even in straight musicals, and recently the Broadway musical has welcomed openly homosexual themes and situations.
Best known for his genius in art and architecture, Michelangelo was also an accomplished author of homoerotic poetry.
The African-American gay male literary tradition consists of a substantial body of texts and includes some of the most gifted writers of the twentieth century.
Combining elements of incongruity, theatricality, and exaggeration, camp is a form of humor that helps homosexuals cope with a hostile environment.
Langston Hughes, whose literary legacy is enormous and varied, was closeted, but homosexuality was an important influence on his literary imagination, and many of his poems may be read as gay texts.
James Baldwin, a pioneering figure in twentieth-century literature, wrote sustained and articulate challenges to American racism and mandatory heterosexuality.
Oscar Wilde is important both as an accomplished writer and as a symbolic figure who exemplified a way of being homosexual at a pivotal moment in the emergence of gay consciousness.
Video still from a satirical video by Rob Tisinai.
Activist and blogger Rob Tisinai has created some excellent videos parodying the messages of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM). The videos, produced on behalf of his fictitious National Marriage Organization, are amusing. In addition, however, they deliciously expose the absurdity of the arguments against marriage equality put forth by NOM.
Tisinai blogs regularly at Box Turtle Bulletin and at his own blog, Waking Up Now. His commentary is invariably insightful. He is also an avid cyclist who participates in the annual AIDS/Life Cycle Ride to End AIDS.
Tisinai recently announced the startling news that he has "given up the battle for so-called marriage equality," has "started an organization to promote traditional marriage," and would be posting "public service announcements to promote his new cause."
The first of these announcements is called "Redefining Marriage."
This announcement was quickly followed by one called "Think of the Children," which echoes the ominous tones of NOM's infamous "Gathering Storm" video.
The latest video in the series is called simply "Leviticus."
The videos manage to be good-humored even as they engage in piercing satire.
Tisinai is using the videos to publicize his participation in the AIDS/Life Cycle Ride, a seven-day event in June in which cyclists ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in order to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS.