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.
The Harlem Renaissance, an African-American literary movement of the 1920s and 1930s, included several important gay and lesbian writers.
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.
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.
Conflicted over his own sexuality, Tennessee Williams wrote directly about homosexuality only in his short stories, his poetry, and his late plays.
Erotic and pornographic works have been written in many cultures since ancient times and recently have flourished with the relaxation of censorship.
Feminist literary theory is a complex, dynamic area of study that draws from a wide range of critical theories.
James Baldwin, a pioneering figure in twentieth-century literature, wrote sustained and articulate challenges to American racism and mandatory heterosexuality.
David Gerstner (left) and Michelangelo Signorile.
Congratulations to activist and journalist Michelangelo Signorile and his long-time partner film historian David Gerstner, who were wed at New York's City Hall on July 19, 2013. Signorile announced the event by tweeting a photo of the couple with the caption "Just Married. Manhattan City Hall."
Signorile is a prolific, and often provocative, writer and activist whose books and articles, radio show, newspaper columns, and website champion the cause of glbtq rights. He first came to prominence as a result of his role in the debate about "outing" closeted conservatives in the 1990s. He has been called the heir to the "in your face" brand of activism inaugurated by Larry Kramer in the 1980s, though recently he has become a gay establishment figure, himself evidence of the prominence openly gay journalists have achieved as glbtq issues have been embraced by mainstream media.
Signorile is host of a talk show aired on Sirius XM Radio. He is also editor-at-large for the Gay Voices vertical of The Huffington Post, where he writes regularly. He was recently selected to helm an expanded SiriusXM channel dedicated to progressive politics.
David Gerstner is Professor of Cinema Studies at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. He has published widely on the representation of cultural identities in film. Among his books are Queer Pollen: White Seduction, Black-Male Homosexuality, and the Cinematic and Manly Arts: Masculinity and Nation in Early American Cinema.
In the video below, Signorile announces the new Sirius XM channel.