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.
The writers of the Beat Generation, many of whom were gay or bisexual, endorsed gay rights as a part of their rebellion against inhibition and self-censorship.
The Comedy of Manners, which flourished on the Restoration stage, has been particularly amenable to twentieth-century gay male writers as a vehicle for social satire in both dramatic and nondramatic works.
Using his and his family's experiences, particularly his childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina, and his own wacky perspective on life, David Sedaris has become a world-famous humorist, comedian, writer, playwright, and radio personality.
From the great modernist writers of the 1920s and 1930s to the pulp writers of the 1950s to the lesbian writers of today, lesbian novelists have had a powerful impact on the lesbian community.
From its beginning, the nineteenth century in England had a purposeful homosexual literature of considerable bulk, both male and female, though it was fettered by oppression.
Persecuted for his homosexuality by the Castro government he had once championed, Cuban novelist, essayist, and poet Reinaldo Arenas challenged all types of ideological dogmatism.
Baudelaire was among the first French poets to include lesbians as subjects.
Zach Wahls who spoke out in defense of his family on the floor of the Iowa legislature.
Congratulations to the Family Equality Council on its thirtieth anniversary of serving as a network of support for glbtq families. The organization has emerged as a leading advocate on behalf of the one million glbtq parents in the United States and the two million children they are rearing.
The organization, whose name has changed several times over the years, grew out of a group called the Gay Fathers Coalition, which was formed in 1979. By 1986, it had morphed into the Gay and Lesbian Parents Coalition International (GLPCI), a volunteer grassroots chapter-based organization whose primary purpose was to connect with and support local gay and lesbian parenting groups, while advancing the cause of the lesbian and gay parenting community.
In 1998, in an effort to be more inclusive, the organization changed its name to the Family Pride Coalition and reached out to bisexual and transgender parents.
In 2007, the name was changed to the Family Equality Council in order to convey its vision of a world that treats all loving families equally.
An outgrowth of the organization is the group, Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE), which was established in 1993. Now an independent organization, operating under its own tax-exempt status, COLAGE remains closely associated with the Family Equality Council.
Both groups work to create a world where all families are valued.
To celebrate its thirtieth anniversary, the Family Equality Council has released a video that explains its work. The video features, among others, Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire; and Zach Wahls, the young man who spoke out in defense of his family on the floor of the Iowa legislature when it was debating an attempt to overturn the state's Supreme Court decision that ordered marriage equality. A video of Zahl's remarks has gone viral several times and has been seen by millions of YouTube viewers.