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.
Congratulations to U.S. Marine Corps Captain Matthew Phelps and Ben Schock. Captain Phelps proposed to Schock in the White House on December 15, 2012. The couple was on a White House holiday tour when Phelps dropped to his knees and asked Schock to marry him. Although he was surprised by the gesture, Schock happily said yes.
Pictures of the couple in the White House soon went viral in the gay blogosphere and they began receiving greetings and messages.
Later, Phelps wrote in his blog, "Such a special night surrounded by wonderful people in an amazing place, and the best is still yet to come with Ben Schock. Thanks for all the wonderful greetings and messages, and thanks to Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for lending us your home for the occasion!"
The White House proposal was especially appropriate because the couple's first date was to a White House pride reception in June.
As Andy Towle at Towleroad reminds us, last December Captain Phelps blogged about his experience living under Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and then, after the policy was repealed, took a date to the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball. Phelps's blog may be found here.
Phelps and Schock speaks with NowThisNews about the White House proposal in the video below.