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.
On February 1, 2014, Rory O'Neill, whose alter ego Panti Bliss is a well-known drag queen, performance artist, and activist, took the stage of Dublin's Abbey Theatre, to make an impassioned speech about homophobia and the oppression it creates.
The context of Panti Bliss's brilliant response is that several weeks ago, O'Neill, appearing as himself on the national television channel RTÉ, called out a number of public figures--including a Roman Catholic lobbying group--for homophobia.
Those public figures immediately cloaked themselves in the rhetoric of victimology and threatened O'Neill and RTÉ with legal action, claiming to have been injured because they were called homophobes.
Shamefully, RTÉ quickly apologized and paid out a large sum of money to avoid litigation.
More about the controversy, may be found here.
Panti Bliss, however, has not settled. Instead, she took to the Abbey stage to explain exactly how homophobia works.
The video below is must watching.