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.
The writers of the Beat Generation, many of whom were gay or bisexual, endorsed gay rights as a part of their rebellion against inhibition and self-censorship.
The Comedy of Manners, which flourished on the Restoration stage, has been particularly amenable to twentieth-century gay male writers as a vehicle for social satire in both dramatic and nondramatic works.
Using his and his family's experiences, particularly his childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina, and his own wacky perspective on life, David Sedaris has become a world-famous humorist, comedian, writer, playwright, and radio personality.
From the great modernist writers of the 1920s and 1930s to the pulp writers of the 1950s to the lesbian writers of today, lesbian novelists have had a powerful impact on the lesbian community.
From its beginning, the nineteenth century in England had a purposeful homosexual literature of considerable bulk, both male and female, though it was fettered by oppression.
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.
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.