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.
The writers of the Beat Generation, many of whom were gay or bisexual, endorsed gay rights as a part of their rebellion against inhibition and self-censorship.
The Comedy of Manners, which flourished on the Restoration stage, has been particularly amenable to twentieth-century gay male writers as a vehicle for social satire in both dramatic and nondramatic works.
Using his and his family's experiences, particularly his childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina, and his own wacky perspective on life, David Sedaris has become a world-famous humorist, comedian, writer, playwright, and radio personality.
From the great modernist writers of the 1920s and 1930s to the pulp writers of the 1950s to the lesbian writers of today, lesbian novelists have had a powerful impact on the lesbian community.
From its beginning, the nineteenth century in England had a purposeful homosexual literature of considerable bulk, both male and female, though it was fettered by oppression.
Persecuted for his homosexuality by the Castro government he had once championed, Cuban novelist, essayist, and poet Reinaldo Arenas challenged all types of ideological dogmatism.
Baudelaire was among the first French poets to include lesbians as subjects.
Andrew J. Mcdonald.
Congratulations to Andrew J. McDonald, who on December 27, 2012 was nominated by Governor Daniel Malloy to the Connecticut Supreme Court. A former co-chairman of the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee before he left the legislature to become the Governor's General Counsel, McDonald will become the first openly gay member of the Connecticut Supreme Court.
As reported in the Connecticut Mirror, Malloy described McDonald as possessing "an exceptional ability to understand and analyze, research and evaluate legal issues." Malloy said those skills will make McDonald a "great jurist."
McDonald was co-chairman of the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee in 2005, when the legislature passed a civil unions law that gave many of the same rights as marriage to same-sex couples. In 2008, the state Supreme Court mandated marriage equality in Connecticut.
While a member of the legislature, McDonald was a supporter of marriage equality, transgender rights, and the abolition of the death penalty.
In announcing McDonald's nomination, Malloy spoke of the Supreme Court's "heroic" decision in 2008 that legalized same-sex marriage, and noted that he performed McDonald's wedding the following year to his longtime partner Charles Gray.
At the announcement, McDonald thanked Malloy, his friends, colleagues and former law partners who attended the press conference, and Gray, whom he described as "my 'friend,' my partner and my companion." He added, "Some three years ago I was so honored, governor, that you helped settle the name game by performing our wedding and allowing me to finally and officially call Charles my husband."
McDonald is a graduate of Cornell University and of the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is expected to be confirmed easily.
In the video below, from 2007, then-Senator McDonald speaks of his work in the Judiciary Committee.