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.
May the Holiday Season be rewarding and fulfilling for all of us. Here is some music to get you into the spirit of the season.
In this video, John Barrowman says "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas":
Melissa Etheridge covers John Lennon's "Happy XMas (War Is Over)":
Here the London Gay Men's Chorus's sings "Coming Out at Christmas":
The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus performs "We Are Lights," the Chanukah Song:
Chris Colfer and Darren Criss in "Baby, It's Cold Outside":
The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles performs "Chanukah in Santa Monica":
The Seattle Gay Men's Chorus performs "Scrooge's Carol":
k. d. lang sings Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah":
Joan Baez sings the Cherry Tree Carol:
Sam Harris says "Merry Christmas, Darling" and "Get Here":