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Popular Topics in Literature
García Lorca, Federico García Lorca, Federico
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.
Musical Theater
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.
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Best known for his genius in art and architecture, Michelangelo was also an accomplished author of homoerotic poetry.
African-American Literature: Gay Male African-American Literature: Gay Male
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.
Camp Camp
Combining elements of incongruity, theatricality, and exaggeration, camp is a form of humor that helps homosexuals cope with a hostile environment.
Hughes, Langston Hughes, Langston
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.
Baldwin, James Arthur Baldwin, James Arthur
James Baldwin, a pioneering figure in twentieth-century literature, wrote sustained and articulate challenges to American racism and mandatory heterosexuality.
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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 J. Paul Oetkin
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/18/11
Last updated on: 07/20/11
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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.

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