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.
Given the ugliness demonstrated by so many of the supporters of North Carolina's Amendment One, it is tempting to believe that most of the state is composed of the liars, fanatics, and creeps who have emerged to lead the dispiriting campaign to write discrimination into the state constitution. But if there is plenty of evidence of North Carolina Ugly, we also need to remember that the tarheel state is composed not solely of crazies like Baptist preachers Patrick Wooden and Sean Harris or of rednecks who shoot or urinate on opposing campaign signs. A video recently released by a North Carolina string quartet featuring James Travis Creed and Billie Karel serves as a perfect antidote to North Carolina Ugly.
The musicians in the video include Creed (guitar, vocals), Karel (vocals), Karen Strittmatter Galvin (violin), Maria Evola (violin), Peng Li (cello), and Amy Mason (viola). The song, "Vote against Amendment One," is by Laurelyn Dossett. The string arrangement is by Karen Strittmatter Galvin.
The lyrics to the song are as follows.
Stranger there across the room / Your children are my children too / When seven days of May are done / I'll vote against amendment one
Father one or fathers two / Your family is my family too / Ties that bind won't be undone / We'll vote against amendment one
Love thy neighbor, word and true / Your neighbor is my neighbor too / To work beside and lean upon / And vote against amendment one
Points of light and points of view / Your city is my city too / The crumbling walls we'll overrun / To vote against amendment one
We cannot see for red or blue / But your state it is my state too / And when the 8th of May is come / We'll vote against amendment one
We'll rise up with the morning sun / And vote against amendment one / The sounding cry has just begun / We'll vote against amendment one
James Travis Creed has issued this statement: "Working in the Arts has opened my eyes and torn down walls. The people I love come in all shapes, sizes, colors, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. I am happy to do my part to ensure ALL North Carolinians can live their life as they please and be happy. I am thankful to have such talented friends and honored to play a small role in making my state a better place to live."
A hat tip to Jeremy Hooper whose excellent coverage of Amendment One at his GoodAsYou blog brought this gentle and beautiful song to my attention.