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.
Feminist literary theory is a complex, dynamic area of study that draws from a wide range of critical theories.
The Harlem Renaissance, an African-American literary movement of the 1920s and 1930s, included several important gay and lesbian writers.
The bisexual novelist and memoirist Violette Leduc is an astute psychological observer and a dramatic chronicler of women's issues.
Erotic and pornographic works have been written in many cultures since ancient times and recently have flourished with the relaxation of censorship.
Combining elements of incongruity, theatricality, and exaggeration, camp is a form of humor that helps homosexuals cope with a hostile environment.
Conflicted over his own sexuality, Tennessee Williams wrote directly about homosexuality only in his short stories, his poetry, and his late plays.
African-American writer Randall Kenan delineates the richly nuanced internal landscapes of the diverse inhabitants of his fictional community, Tims Creek, N. C.
Congratulations to playwright and activist Larry Kramer and architect David Webster who were married on July 24, 2013 in a New York City hospital room. The ceremony took place in the intensive care unit of New York University's Langone Medical Center, where Kramer has been recovering from surgery for a bowel obstruction.
As reported by Patrick Healy in the New York Times, the couple's original plan was to be married on the terrace of their Greenwich Village apartment with only two witnesses and the officiant, Judge Eve Preminger, in attendance. But that plan was scrapped when Kramaer was hospitalized. Two dozen friends and relatives attended a noontime ceremony in the intensive care unit.
The two men, who dated in the 1970s and have been partners since the mid-1990s, exchanged Cartier rings and extemporaneous vows.
Playwright, novelist, and essayist, Kramer is now best known for his AIDS activism, which included helping found the Gay Men's Health Crisis and the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), as well as for excoriating essays denouncing the failure of government to respond to the AIDS epidemic.
Kramer's best-known plays, The Normal Heart (1985) and The Destiny of Me (1992), chronicle the personal and political responses to the AIDS epidemic, lacerating both the local and national governments for ignoring the devastation of the gay community by the disease.
The Normal Heart won a Tony Award for best revival of a play on Broadway in 2011. A film version of the play is currently underway.
In 2013, Kramer was voted a special Tony for humanitarian contributions.
In the video below, Kramer speaks about the founding of ACT-UP.