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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.
The video of University of Iowa student Zach Wahls urging the Iowa legislature to reject a constitutional amendment that would deny marriage equality to his lesbian mothers was the most watched YouTube political video in 2011. He and his family now appear in another video that sends holiday greetings with a simple message: Love Makes a Family.
Wahls's video was watched by more than 18,000,000 viewers during the year, besting such other viral videos as President Obama's speech to the White House Correspondents Association in April and Texas Governor Rick Perry's much parodied "Strong" ad in which he dons a "Brokeback Mountain" jacket.
Wahls's video first went viral in February when he addressed the Iowa House of Representatives. It went viral again this month when it was posted on the MoveOn.org site under the heading, "Two Lesbians Raised a Baby and This Is What They Got."
Now MoveOn.org has released another video that features Wahl and his family. This video is compiled from photos submitted by thousands of families who wished to join Wahl, his mothers, and his sister in sending a holiday greeting with the simple message, "Love Makes a Family."
"Love Makes a Family" may be seen here:
Other photos submitted for the campaign may be found here: Love Makes a Family.
Here is Wahl's speech to the Iowa legislature: