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 Gay & Lesbian Review on its twentieth anniversary. The magazine, which was founded in 1994 as Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review and is now officially known as Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, is celebrating its two-decades of publication with a special issue that is all "all about anniversaries," emphasizing achievements and events from 1944 through 1994, approached from the perspective of 2014.
In the special issue, frequent glbtq.com contributor Raymond Jean Frontain examines the theme of sexual honesty in the work of Tennessee Williams, whose first major work, The Glass Menagerie, was produced in 1944, while Mark Merlis offers a fiftieth-anniversary assessment of John Rechy's City of Night.
Other essays include Darren Patrick Blaney's commemoration of the 1964 production of two landmark gay plays at New York's off-off-Broadway venue Caffe Cino, Lanford Wilson's "The Madness of Lady Bright" and Robert Patrick's "The Haunted Host"; and Patricia Nell Warren's reflection on the "long run" of her beloved 1974 novel The Front Runner.
The thirtieth anniversary of the discovery of the cause of AIDS in 1984 is commemorated in John-Manuel Andriote's "Thirty Years of HIV Research." The twentieth anniversary of the institution of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is acknowledged by Andrew Holleran's memoir of his struggle with whether to "tell" or not when he was called up for the draft in 1967, while the tenth anniversary of the Goodridge decision, which mandated marriage equality in Massachusetts, is marked by Tim Miller's interview with Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry.
The issue also includes an essay by Edmund White about his experience with the American health care system as he recovered from a stroke, and all the regular features of the magazine, including reviews, poems, correspondence, and its annual "In Memoriam."
Congratulations to editor Richard Schneider Jr. and all the contributors and staff members who have made Gay and Lesbian Review indispensable reading for the past twenty years.