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.
Congratulations to Mary Lambert, the openly lesbian singer and songwriter who came to national attention for her collaboration with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on their 2012 album The Heist, especially for her haunting hook in the marriage equality anthem, "Same Love," which traces the history of a gay male couple's relationship. "Same Love" quickly rose in the charts in 2012 and helped build support for marriage equality, especially in Washington state, from where Macklemore and Lewis and Lambert all hail. Now Lambert has released a new single that fleshes out and amplifies her refrain in "Same Love," which is "She Keeps Me Warm."
In an appreciation of the new song at ThinkProgress, Alyssa Rosenberg describes "She Keeps Me Warm" as a "straightforward love story": "'I could be your morning sunrise,' Lambert promises. In an initial flirtation, she asks 'What's your middle name? / Do you hate your job? / Do you fall in love too easily?' Out in public, 'She says that people stare because we look so good together.'"
Rosenberg adds, "As much as I appreciate 'Same Love,' I actually think 'She Keeps Me Warm' is more important. There's always something powerful about the moment when you recognize your own feelings in a song. And the ability to have that moment of affinity, without being jarred out of it by pronouns that don't match your experience, or without a political statement, is a wonderful thing."
I don't agree that the new song is more significant than "Same Love," which is more ambitious and more historic as a breakthrough expression of homoeroticism in hip-hop and rap, but I understand Rosenberg's appreciation of the more straightforward lesbian love story that is "She Keeps Me Warm." Indeed, the apparent simplicity and sincerity of the lyrics and presentation contribute to the song's beauty.
What do you think?
First up is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's "Same Love," featuring Mary Lambert.
Here is Mary Lambert's "She Keeps Me Warm."