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 Mother's Day 2012 to all mothers, gay and straight, dead and alive. As we remember our mothers today, our emotions may run the gamut. If our mothers are no longer with us, today may be a painful day. If our mothers failed to be supportive, the day can also call up decidedly mixed emotions. Still, today is a day to remember our mothers, especially those who have supported and nurtured us.
Today I think especially of mothers like Jeanne Manford, who was so appalled at the failure of the police to protect her gay activist son when he was assaulted that she, along with her husband, began marching in gay pride parades and took action to found the international support organization, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).
Or Judy Shepard who was also hurt into activism. She was transformed by the devastating loss of her beloved son into a crusader against hatred.
For those of us who have lost our mothers, Mother's Day is always complex, as explained in a beautiful column by Frank Bruni in the New York Times.
Some of us have lesbian mothers and some of us are lucky enough to have two lesbian mothers, as videos by Orlando Pride and by Zach Wahls remind us.
Finally, President Obama issued a powerful video celebrating mothers.