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 June 24, in acknowledgment of the weddings of same-sex couples in New York, David Blankenhorn, one of the most prominent opponents of marriage equality, extended his congratulations to the newlyweds, in a brief posting under the heading, "Seems like the right thing to say" at FamilyScholars.org. While congratulations are usually welcome, this one is too hypocritical to be acceptable.
David Blankenhorn has made a small fortune out of his opposition to same-sex marriage. He has written extensively against allowing same-sex couples to marry, warning that to do so would lead to dire consequences for the institution of marriage itself. He campaigned against marriage equality in California. In 2008, on the eve of the Proposition 8 vote that deprived same-sex couples of the right to marry in California, he published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times shamefully entitled "Protecting Marriage to Protect Children," thereby evoking the homophobic arguments that gay people pose a danger to children.
Blankenhorn is best known for his testimony as an "expert" witness in the Prop 8 trial in which, under oath, he was unable to specify any damage that same-sex marriage would do the institution of marriage or any harm that the institution of marriage has suffered in those jurisdictions where same-sex couples have been allowed to marry for more than a decade.
Blankenhorn, who has repeatedly said that he bears no animus against homosexuals, has complained that he has been called a bigot for his campaign against same-sex marriage. However, his actions speak louder than his words. If he really wishes the newlyweds in New York well, he would end his campaign against marriage equality. If he did that, then maybe his congratulations would be welcome.