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.
As the United States makes progress toward equal rights for all, the celebration of America's Independence Day is all the sweeter in 2014. In recognition of the Fourth of July, we offer several strikingly different music videos appropriate to the holiday.
The most beloved of American patriotic songs is "America the Beautiful," which was written by lesbian poet and educator Katherine Lee Bates. In the following video, Beyonce sings the song at the conclusion of President Obama's 2012 Inauguration.
In the video below, Adam Lambert sings "A Change Is Gonna Come" against a background that includes quotations from Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Obama and images from the gay rights movement.
Steve Grand's remarkable (and remarkably homoerotic) video about a young man's unrequited love for an "All American Boy" captures his longing for a time when "Everyday's the Fourth of July."
On June 26, 2013, the "day of decision" when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings, the Washington, D. C. Gay Men's Chorus sang "Make Them Hear You" on the steps of the Supreme Court building.
In the following video, Lady Gaga sings the national anthem at the 2013 New York City Pride festival.