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 blogger Jeremy Hooper on the publication of his book, If It's a Choice, My Zygote Chose Balls: Making Sense of Senseless Controversy. Hooper founded Good As You (GAY) in 2005, when he was 25 years old, in order to challenge the pervasive anti-gay rhetoric in the media and to initiate "a fresh, new, irreverent approach" to gay activism.
Through Good As You (GAY) Hooper has contributed to the new grassroots activism ushered in by the Internet. The explosion of glbtq political blogs in the twenty-first century has served to multiply greatly the number of voices participating in glbtq activism and to expedite the transmission of political information and analysis to glbtq communities.
Hooper's voice is one of the most interesting of those in the gay blogosphere. Frequently irreverent and humorous, he is nevertheless quite serious. Good As You (GAY) is noted for its meticulous research and for uncovering stories that might have been overlooked.
On his blog, Hooper's tone is light rather than angry; he avoids calling anti-gay activists "bigots"; and generally approaches the news more positively than negatively. On the other hand, he allows anti-gay activists to expose themselves simply by quoting their lies and inconsistencies.
On July 7, 2009, Hooper posted, under the rubric, "This is what marriage equality looks like," photos and videos of his June wedding in Connecticut. The images of the happy male couple surrounded by a large and supportive group of family and friends make a powerful case in favor of marriage equality.
In If It's a Choice, My Zygote Chose Balls: Making Sense of Senseless Controversy, Hooper tells his life story.
The Nashville native who currently lives with his husband Andrew and their dog Bosley on New York's West Side explores issues of family rejection and acceptance and places a human face on the experience of being gay in contemporary society.
"From constant talk about marriage to the popular parlor game 'Which celebrity is gay?' our world is, in many ways, obsessed with LGBT topics," says Hooper. "However, there is serious neglect in terms of actually tackling the issues at hand. I want to address the weighty topics head on, but in a relatable way."
Below is a trailer for the new book.