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.
Thomas Roberts (right) and Patrick Abner at a GLAAD function.
Congratulations to MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts and his long-time partner Patrick Abner, who wed in New York City on September 29, 2012. The rooftop ceremony, at the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel, was officiated by California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who in 2004, when he was Mayor of San Francisco, defied state law by issuing marriages licenses to same-sex couples.
With his marriage to Abner, who works as a community liaison for Merck Pharmaceuticals, Roberts has become the first national news anchor in a same-sex marriage.
According to OnTop Magazine, among the 150 guests attending the wedding were such celebrities as singer Chely Wright, who performed at the event, actress Judith Light, activist David Mixner, CNN anchor Don Lemon, and commentator Meghan McCain. Other attendees include Roberts's MSNBC colleagues Phil Griffin, Tamron Hall, and Chris Jansing, and Good Morning America weatherman Sam Champion.
In August, Roberts told the New York Observer that while he attempts to maintain objectivity in his reporting, when it comes to equality, he is not objective. "I want it for you, for me, for everybody . . . It's written in our Constitution: life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, and what's wrong with talking about that? Nothing."
In 2010, in response to the youth suicide crisis, Roberts contributed an affecting "It Gets Better" video in which he mentions both the Trevor Project and the Point Foundation.