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.
Father Bob Pierson.
On June 10, 2012, Father Bob Pierson told a crowd of 200 Catholics that they could in good conscience vote against the Minnesota constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. In doing so, he defied the state's bishops who are campaigning openly and vigorously in favor of the discriminatory measure.
As John Becker of Truth Wins Out reports, Father Pierson made headlines in 2005 when he resigned his position as Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota after the Vatican issued a statement saying that openly gay men should be barred from the priesthood.
At that time, Pierson outed himself as a celibate gay man in an email to students and faculty at St. John's and its partner university, the College of St. Benedict, and wrote: "Because I can no longer honestly represent, explain and defend the church's teaching on homosexuality, I feel I must resign. . . . I am not an infallible person, but I cannot remain silent about my disagreement in conscience with this document, or the church's teaching on homosexuality."
Becker, who was a student at St. John's University, remembers the priest as "a wonderful ally" who helped him accept his homosexuality, and adds, "I couldn't be prouder of the way he courageously speaks out for justice, equality, and the human dignity of LGBT people--even in the face of bullying bishops--and I know that his example will embolden many everyday Catholics to follow their consciences and vote against Minnesota's marriage discrimination amendment."
The speech on June 10 was delivered at a gathering of Catholics in Edina, Minnesota. In addition to pointing out the passages in the Catechism that forbid discrimination against homosexual persons, and citing other reasons to oppose the amendment, Pierson quotes then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger--now Pope Benedict XVI--who wrote in 1967 that "we must obey our own conscience, even if it puts us at odds with the Pope."
He adds, laconically, "I doubt that he knew that he was going to be Pope when he said that."
Father Bob Pierson's video is a refreshingly sane and humane contribution to the religious debate about same-sex marriage.