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.
Happy anniversary to Washington state. The state's marriage equality law took effect on December 6, 2012. One year later, more than 7,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot in the state. Same-sex marriages comprise 17% of the 42,000 marriages performed in the state during the period.
A press release from Washington's Department of Health, which collects statistics on marriage, highlights some interesting information about the state's first year of marriage equality.
In the period between December 6, 2012, and the most complete month of data, September 30, 2013, same-sex couples made up 17% of marriages in Washington. During that time, there were 7,071 same-sex couples among the 42,408 total couples who married in the state.
Of the same-sex marriages performed in the state, 62% were between two women.
The top five Washington counties where same-sex marriages were performed were King County with 3,452; Clark County with 785; Pierce County with 486; Snohomish County with 330; and Thurston County with 300 marriages. The only county in Washington where no same-sex marriages were performed is Garfield County.
Washington's marriage equality law has drawn out-of-state residents to the state to marry. In 24% of same-sex marriages performed in the first year, both spouses live in another state. There were 524 same-sex marriages in which both parties lived in Oregon. For 170 same-sex marriages, the couples lived in Texas, and, for 155 same-sex marriages, the couples lived in California. Among opposite-sex couples, both spouses were from another state in only 6% of marriages.
Each person getting married in Washington can choose whether they would like their marriage certificate to refer to them as bride, groom, or spouse. Within both male and female same-sex marriages, most individuals preferred to use the term spouse.
Marriage licenses were first issued to same-sex couples on December 6, 2012. But due to Washington's 3-day waiting period, the actual marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples did not begin until December 9, 2012. The video below captures the first couples married at Seattle City Hall on December 9, 2012.