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.
Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry at at a L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center event in 2012.
On April 8, 2013, actress and talk show host Sara Gilbert announced on The Talk that she and rock singer and songwriter Linda Perry are engaged to marry. She described Perry's elaborate and thoughtful proposal in a Los Angeles park. The women have been a couple since 2011.
Gilbert first came to national attention when she was cast in the role of younger daughter Darlene on the long-running television series Roseanne (1988-1997). Gilbert's Darlene was a devilishly sarcastic tomboy who became an immediate favorite with lesbian audiences.
She came out publicly in 2004, when she announced that she and her then-partner, television writer and producer Allison Adler, were in a committed relationship and that they were the parents of a baby boy, Levi Hank Gilbert-Adler. Adler gave birth to the child, who was conceived with the aid of an anonymous sperm donor. In 2007, Gilbert gave birth to the couple's second child.
Since 2010, Gilbert has served as an executive producer and co-host of The Talk. She also appears as a recurring character in the CBS comedy series, The Big Bang Theory.
In 2011, Gilbert announced that she and Adler were no longer a couple.
Linda Perry achieved fame as lead singer and primary songwriter of the San Francisco-based band 4 Non Blondes in the 1990s, but has since become better known as songwriter and producer of hit songs by several other female singers, including Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Courtney Love, among others.
In the clip below, Gilbert describes Perry's proposal.
In the video below, Perry sings her song "Beautiful," which was a huge hit for Christina Aguilera. It was nominated for a Grammy Award as "Song of the Year" in 2004 and won Aguilera a Grammy Award for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance." Perry performed the song on The Talk in May 2012.