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.
Legendary activist David Mixner has endorsed Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn in her quest for election as Mayor of New York City. Mixner made the enthusiastic and unqualified endorsement in a video posted on his Live from Hell's Kitchen blog. Mixner praises Quinn's "persistent and passionate leadership" over the years, including during the AIDS crisis and in the struggle for marriage equality.
Mixner, who has been described as "one of the great activists of our time," has been fighting for gay and lesbian rights since the 1970s, when he led the Southern California campaign against the Anita Bryant-inspired Briggs Initiative that would have banned gay teachers in the state's public schools. He subsequently helped mobilize the glbtq community on behalf of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, only to break with the newly-elected President over his "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy. Along with Cleve Jones, Mixner led the National Equality March on Washington on October 11, 2009. He is one of the founders of the Victory Fund.
Christine Quinn, the first woman, the first openly gay person, and the first Irish-American to serve as the Speaker of the New York City Council, is vying to also become the first openly gay person to serve as Mayor of New York.
Quinn is in a tight race for the Democratic nomination. The primary election will be held on September 10, 2013. If no candidate obtains 40% of the vote, a runoff between the top two finishers will be held on October 1. The general election is scheduled for November 5.
If Quinn succeeds, she will join Houston's Annise Parker as one of two openly lesbian mayors of large American cities.