Feminist literary theory is a complex, dynamic area of study that draws from a wide range of critical theories.
Although gay, lesbian, and queer theory are related practices, the three terms delineate separate emphases marked by different assumptions about the relationship between gender and sexuality.
Conflicted over his own sexuality, Tennessee Williams wrote directly about homosexuality only in his short stories, his poetry, and his late plays.
A theory of art and an approach to living that influenced many European and American gay male and lesbian writers at the turn of the twentieth century, aestheticism stressed the independence of art from all moral and social conditions and judgments.
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.
Erotic and pornographic works have been written in many cultures since ancient times and recently have flourished with the relaxation of censorship.
The Harlem Renaissance, an African-American literary movement of the 1920s and 1930s, included several important gay and lesbian writers.
Combining elements of incongruity, theatricality, and exaggeration, camp is a form of humor that helps homosexuals cope with a hostile environment.
On July 18, on a vote of 80 to 13, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Obama's nomination of J. Paul Oetken as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Although he will not be the first glbtq judge in the federal judiciary, he is the first openly gay man confirmed as a U.S. District Judge by the Senate. Oetken, who worked in the Justice Department and as Associate Counsel to the President during the Clinton administration, is senior vice president and associate counsel of Cablevision.
Deborah A. Batts, an African-American lesbian, became the first openly gay federal judge upon her 1994 appointment by President Clinton to the U.S. District Court in New York. President Obama's nomination of Edward C. Dumont to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal District has not yet been considered by the Senate. President Obama has also nominated out lesbian Alison Nathan for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; her nomination has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and awaits action by the full Senate.