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.
Judge Mary Yu.
Congratulations to King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu who has been named to replace Justice Jim Johnson on the Washington Supreme Court. Governor Jay Inslee announced the appointment on May 1, 2014. Johnson, who is stepping down for health reasons, is the court's most conservative member. Wu will be the court's first Asian American, first Latina, and first openly gay member of the court. Yu will have to run to retain the seat in an election later this year.
As Jim Camden reported in the Spokane Spokesman-Review, Inslee announced the appointment at an Olympia press conference on May 1 with Johnson and the other eight justices standing behind him. He praised Yu as a judge with great intellect, dedication, and compassion and said "her personal story adds a unique perspective that is important as our state's demographics continue to shift."
Yu's father emigrated from China at age 7; her mother from Mexico at 2. They met while working at a factory in Chicago.
In addition to a law degree, Yu holds degrees in religious studies and theology from Notre Dame. She worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago and later the Washington state Conference of Catholic Bishops before joining the King County prosecutor's office. She was appointed to the Superior Court bench by Governor Gary Locke in 2000.
After voters approved marriage equality in November 2012, Yu performed the first same-sex wedding in King County at Seattle City Hall at 12:01 a.m. on December 9, 2012, the day the law took effect.
In contrast, Johnson, a former assistant attorney general who was elected to the Supreme Court in 2004 and re-elected in 2010, wrote the controlling decision in Anderson v. King County, a 2005 case in which eight lesbian and gay couples challenged Washington's 1998 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. In a 5-4 decision, a bitterly divided court held that the law denying gay and lesbian couples the right to marry was constitutional.
The YouTube video below depicts Judge Yu presiding over Seattle's first legal gay wedding on December 9, 2012.
The video below captures the excitement of the historic day when dozens of gay and lesbian couples were married at Seattle City Hall.