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.
We wish you all a happy and prosperous new year. May 2012 bring us closer to equal rights under the law everywhere and may we all realize our fondest hopes and dreams.
The Portland Gay Men's Chorus, joined by soprano Dru Rutledge, asks "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"
Chely Wright and the Indigo Girls remind us that "It Really Is a Wonderful Life."
George Michael and Elton John plead "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
Sweet Honey in the Rock vows "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round."
Adam Lambert promises "A Change Is Gonna Come."
Auld Lang Syne and fireworks from London.