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 Chai Feldblum, whose nomination to a second term as a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 12, 2013. Feldblum is the first openly gay person to serve on the commission, which enforces federal laws against workplace discrimination.
Chris Johnson reports in the Washington Blade that Feldblum was confirmed on a 54-41 vote. Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski were the only Republicans to vote in favor of her confirmation.
Feldblum's confirmation was made possible only because Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid exercised the "nuclear option" earlier this month to lower the vote threshold necessary for proceeding to votes on presidential appointments. The vote on cloture in her case was 57 to 39; previously, it would have taken 60 votes to invoke cloture.
Feldblum is credited with coordinating a unanimous decision last year in the case of Macy v. Holder that interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to protect transgender people.
Tico Almeida, president of Freedom of Work, commended the Senate for confirming Feldblum to the EEOC, where he said she "has worked tirelessly to build bi-partisan consensus on improvements to America's laws that give all workers a fair shot at the American Dream.""Feldblum deserves our praise not only for her leading role in the unanimous EEOC decision in Macy v. Holder, but also for her leadership in drafting the EEOC's Strategic Enforcement Plan, which explicitly lists workplace protections for LGBT Americans among the commission's national priorities," Almeida added.
Prior to serving on the EEOC, Feldblum, a daughter of a Holocaust survivor, was a law professor at Georgetown University. She was also a nationally recognized gay rights attorney. In addition to drafting the Americans with Disabilities Act, she also wrote the base version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which was recently passed by the Senate, but remains blocked in the House.
Feldblum also served as the legal director for the Campaign for Military Service, a group that fought in the early 1990s against the enactment of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
She is the partner of Nan Hunter, a Georgetown University law professor and blogger.
In the video below, from 2010, Feldblum discusses her career and the glbtq rights movement.