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Conflicted over his own sexuality, Tennessee Williams wrote directly about homosexuality only in his short stories, his poetry, and his late plays.
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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.
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The Harlem Renaissance, an African-American literary movement of the 1920s and 1930s, included several important gay and lesbian writers.
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Congratulations to actress Sally Field, who was presented the Ally for Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign's National Dinner in Washington, D.C. on October 6, 2012. The award was presented to Field by her openly gay son Sam Greisman.
Greisman, who regularly blogs at Towleroad.com, is the youngest of Field's three sons. His father is the producer Alan Greisman, to whom Field was married from 1984 to 1993.
Greisman described Field as his "constant champion" and said that "I feel very blessed to be able to say that she is my mother."
In accepting the award, Field spoke about her son and his coming out as a gay man. She said she decided to talk for the first time about her son's homosexuality for two reasons. First, she wanted to support other children who have been rejected by their families, and secondly she wanted to thank the glbtq community for fighting for the changes that made her "job as Sam's mother so much easier."
"The three things I am most proud of in my life are Peter, Eli and Sam, my sons," Field told the crowd of 3,000.
Speaking of Sam, she said her son's "journey to allow himself to be what nature intended him to be was not an easy one."
"Nature made Sam. It wasn't a choice. He was always, always Sam. Glorious, smart, funny, sweet Sam. And finally at 20, long after he beat the crap out of his brothers at tennis and he knew more than anyone about basketball, at 20 he was finally able to stand up proudly and say: I am a gay man."
"You all have fought for him as surely as if you were one of his parents," Field added. "You've changed and are changing the lives of little boys and girls who realize somewhere along the way they're just different from their other brothers and sisters--and so the fuck what?"
The video below presents both Greisman's humorous introduction and Field's eloquent and moving acceptance speech.