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.
The writers of the Beat Generation, many of whom were gay or bisexual, endorsed gay rights as a part of their rebellion against inhibition and self-censorship.
The Comedy of Manners, which flourished on the Restoration stage, has been particularly amenable to twentieth-century gay male writers as a vehicle for social satire in both dramatic and nondramatic works.
Using his and his family's experiences, particularly his childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina, and his own wacky perspective on life, David Sedaris has become a world-famous humorist, comedian, writer, playwright, and radio personality.
From the great modernist writers of the 1920s and 1930s to the pulp writers of the 1950s to the lesbian writers of today, lesbian novelists have had a powerful impact on the lesbian community.
From its beginning, the nineteenth century in England had a purposeful homosexual literature of considerable bulk, both male and female, though it was fettered by oppression.
Persecuted for his homosexuality by the Castro government he had once championed, Cuban novelist, essayist, and poet Reinaldo Arenas challenged all types of ideological dogmatism.
Baudelaire was among the first French poets to include lesbians as subjects.
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.