Although gay, lesbian, and queer theory are related practices, the three terms delineate separate emphases marked by different assumptions about the relationship between gender and sexuality.
The Harlem Renaissance, an African-American literary movement of the 1920s and 1930s, included several important gay and lesbian writers.
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.
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.
Conflicted over his own sexuality, Tennessee Williams wrote directly about homosexuality only in his short stories, his poetry, and his late plays.
Erotic and pornographic works have been written in many cultures since ancient times and recently have flourished with the relaxation of censorship.
Feminist literary theory is a complex, dynamic area of study that draws from a wide range of critical theories.
James Baldwin, a pioneering figure in twentieth-century literature, wrote sustained and articulate challenges to American racism and mandatory heterosexuality.
Colman Domingo, one of the 64 contributors to The Letter Q.
Congratulations on the publication of The Letter Q, a collection of letters written by authors to their younger selves. Edited by Sarah Moon and James Lecesne, the collection features sixty-four writers telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their future lives as glbtq people.
Described by Booklist as a "lovely, often funny, and always heartfelt book," the writers in their various ways promise their younger selves that in the future "It gets better."
Like Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" YouTube project, the book was conceived as a response to the suicides of glbtq youth reported in the fall of 2010 and that, alas, remain all too common. But in addition to reassuring young people, the contributions also offer valuable insight into the individual authors and contribute to our understanding of how it is to grow up queer in this country.
The contributors to the book are a veritable who's-who of the glbtq literary world, including such writers as Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Howard Cruse, Michael Cunningham, Larry Duplechan, Jewelle Gomez, Adam Haslett, Randall Kenan, David Leavitt, David Levithan, Armistead Maupin, J. D. McClatchy, Terrence McNally, Michael Nava, Julie Ann Peters, Christopher Rice, Paul Rudnick, Jacqueline Woodson, and Doug Wright.
The book is published by Arthur Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Press. It may be found at good bookstores, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com, as well as here