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 George Chauncey and Ron Gregg, who were married in New Haven, Connecticut on June 12, 2014. The grooms are prominent academics who teach at Yale. They have been partners for twenty years.
The New York Times reports that Chauncey and Gregg were married by a justice of the peace at New Haven City Hall.
Chauncey is the Samuel Knight Professor of History and American Studies at Yale. He received his B.A. (1977) and Ph.D. (1989) in history from Yale. Before returning to Yale in 2006, he taught at the University of Chicago, where he rose from Assistant Professor to Full Professor.
Chauncey is author of Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (1994) and Why Marriage? The History Shaping Today's Debate Over Gay Equality (2005). He has testified as an expert witness in several marriage equality cases, including Perry v. Schwarznegger, as the Proposition 8 case was then known, and Windsor v. United States, the successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. He also organized the Historians' Amicus Brief, which was influential in the Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas, which invalidated sodomy laws in the United States
Ron Gregg is Senior Lecturer and Programming Director in the Film Studies Program at Yale University. As a Senior Lecturer, he teaches courses on queer cinema (both Hollywood and avant-garde), classical Hollywood, and the impact of globalization and digital technology on recent Hollywood film.
As Programming Director, he organizes an annual series of campus visits and workshops by filmmakers and scholars and also works with other faculty to organize major film conferences and other events.
A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, Gregg holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Before joining the Yale faculty, he taught film history at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, St. Cloud State University, and Duke University.
He has published articles on topics ranging from MGM's management of the image of its 1920s gay star William Haines to queer representation in the competing videos produced during Oregon's 1992 anti-gay rights ballot measure campaign. He has also curated film and video programming for the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the South African Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Chicago's Gerber-Hart Gay and Lesbian Library, and the University of Chicago Lesbian and Gay Studies Project.
In the New York Times video below, Chauncey and Gregg recount their falling in love and discuss their decision to marry.
In the video below, Chauncey discusses the influence of the Civil Rights Movement on the glbtq rights movement.
In the video below, Gregg discusses the glbtq studies courses he teaches at Yale.