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.
Rosie O'Donnell (left) and Michelle Rounds.
Congratulations to Rosie O'Donnell and Michelle Rounds, who were married in a private ceremony in New York on June 9, 2012.
The couple, who have been dating since the summer of 2011, announced their engagement in December. They originally planned to wed in August, but decided to have the ceremony in June because Rounds was diagnosed with desmoid tumors and faced surgery. Ironically, the August wedding would have had to be delayed because O'Donnell suffered a heart attack and was in the hospital on their original wedding date. They plan a celebration later in the year.
O'Donnell announced the news in a poem on her blog:
we were to wed 10 days ago but her illness forced us to postpone the wedding
luckily--as i was in ICU that day
when it rains . . .
like love and flowers
so on we go
we married in private
before her surgery
just the 2 of us
She goes on to promise that when they are both well they will have the wedding of their dreams.The marriage is the second for O'Donnell, who wed Kelli Carpenter in San Francisco in 2004 when then-Mayor Gavin Newsom authorized the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples at City Hall. The marriage was later invalidated by the California Supreme Court and the couple ended their relationship in 2009.
In the clip below from The Rosie Show, O'Donnell discusses how her engagement to Rounds became public.