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.
On April 23, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the annual Lavender Law Conference and urged the glbtq lawyers attending the conference to "use the power of the law, as well as your own gifts and knowledge, to help build a more fair, more equal, and more just society. And you have not only the power, but--I believe--the solemn responsibility, to do precisely that: to safeguard the rights and freedoms of everyone in this country, and to carry on the critical but unfinished work that lies ahead."
As Chris Johnson reports in the Washington Blade, the Attorney General addressed an audience of more than 1,000 as he gave the three-day conference's keynote speech. Holder enumerated the accomplishments of the Obama administration on glbtq issues, including the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the refusal to defend DOMA in court, and initiatives to investigate school bullying.
In addition, Holder said the Justice Department continues to "fight for" passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and an updated Violence Against Women Act with glbtq protections.
He cited a Connecticut district court's recent ruling against Section 3 of DOMA as part of the fallout of the Justice Department's decision to no longer defend the anti-gay law. "Since then," he said, "we've seen an encouraging--and increasing--number of courts hold this provision to be unconstitutional, including a federal district court in Connecticut that found that Section 3 fails to survive heightened constitutional scrutiny just last month."
Holder told the attorneys that the quest for equal rights will not be easy, but added, "as I look around this room, I can't help but feel optimistic about where your efforts will lead us--and how far our collective commitment will take us--in the months and years ahead."
The audience gave the Attorney General a standing ovation both upon his entrance to the stage and his exit.
The address was broadcast by C-Span and may be viewed below.