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.
Film still from one of five film trailers featured in this post.
The British Film Institute's 26th annual Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, which opens March 23, 2012 and runs through April 1, features a number of eagerly anticipated films from around the world. Among them are documentaries about Bishop Eugene Robinson, the ex-gay movement, and writer W. Somerset Maugham, as well as a coming of age story about a lesbian living in Brooklyn and a comedy drama featuring Academy Award-winning actresses Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker.
Macky Alston's Love Free or Die offers an intimate portrait of Bishop Eugene Robinson, whose ordination as the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003 roiled the Anglican Communion. The film explores his problematic relationship to the Church with an account of his life as husband, father, priest, and activist for full acceptance of glbtq people in the Church.
Memphis filmmaker Morgan Jon Fox's This Is What Love In Action Looks Like documents the plight of a Memphis teenager forced into the church-based "gay de-programming" institution known as Love in Action and the surprising evolution of the institution's director.
Revealing Mr. Maugham, directed by Michael House, explores the life and work of the British author.
Dee Rees' acclaimed debut film, Pariah, focuses on a Brooklyn teenager whose identity and life choices reach crisis point during her final year of high school.
Thom Fitzgerald's Cloudburst, featuring Dukakis and Fricker as septuagenarian lovers is a road movie in which the elderly lesbians are accompanied by an unlikely ally as they leave their hometown in Maine for refuge in Nova Scotia.
Here is a video clip about Love Free or Die.
Here is a trailer for This Is What Love In Action Looks Like.
Here is a trailer for Revealing Mr. Maugham.
Here is a trailer for Pariah.
Here is a clip from Cloudburst.
To learn more about the British Film Institute and the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, visit the BFI website.