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.
Congratulations to Jason Goldberg and Christian Schoenherr, who in honor of their marriage on August 18, 2012 are donating $100,000 to assist in the marriage equality referenda in Maine, Maryland, Washington, and Minnesota. The couple are also using the occasion of their wedding to encourage their friends and family to make donations to the cause of equality.
As Frank Bruni reports in his blog in the New York Times, Goldberg and Schoenherr are celebrating their wedding at a fashionable Manhattan restaurant, where roughly 100 guests "will dine on lobster, squab and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms," but the couple want their wedding "to be remembered less for its sumptuousness than for its social impact."
As a wedding gift to each other, they have donated $100,000 to a new effort to assist November marriage-equality referenda in Maryland, Washington, Maine, and Minnesota. They have told their friends and relatives that donating to the cause "would be the best wedding gift anyone could ever give."
As Bruni observes, "the couple's actions highlight just how much energy and concern the November referendums are stirring up among gays, lesbians and their advocates. The couple's actions also speak to just how many people are joining the fight in creative, personal ways."
Although we have never won same-sex marriage at the ballot box, recent polls in Maryland, Maine, Washington, and Minnesota suggest that we can win in those states in November.
Key to winning will be the turnout of young voters, and the effort backed by Goldberg and Schoenherr is directed at younger voters. Their project, called "The Four 2012," intends to create various kinds of digital content to be spread across social media. They plan to create a website to collect and display videos, documentary shorts, testimonials, etc. and use that as a platform from which to spread them into cyberspace.
A graduate of Emory University and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Goldberg worked for the Clinton White House from 1993 to 1998, the final two years as senior aide to Erskine Bowles, White House Chief of Staff. He has spearheaded several social media startups and is founder and CEO of Fab.com, which sells furniture, art, jewelry, home decor, and apparel online.
In the video below, Goldberg is interviewed about Fab.com by Sara Eisen on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves." Fab.com is the world's fastest growing e-commerce site, having grown from 175,000 members at launch in June 2011 to more than 6 million in August 2012.