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.
As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on November 22, 2012, it is appropriate to remember that "It Gets Better." Most of the music videos embedded below are inspired by Dan Savage and Terry Miller's "It Gets Better" project, founded in the fall of 2010 in the midst of an outbreak of gay youth suicide. Because things do get better, we have reason to be grateful.
In the video below, made in October 2010 to benefit the Trevor Project, Broadway stars reassure young people in an original song written by Jay Kuo & Blair Shepard.
In October 2010, members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles gathered to sing a song of hope, urging young people to show their "True Colors."
In July 2012, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles premiered this newly commissioned work based on the film score to Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain.
In October 2010, Dallas's Turtle Creek Chorale made this moving video to reassure young people that "It Gets Better."
Perhaps the most powerful "It Gets Better" musical video is the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus's rendition of Stephen Schwartz's "Testimony." Schwartz's 2012 composition features the voices of individuals in pain, but his work envisions triumph as suffering individuals come to find solace in communion with others. It acknowledges the heartbreaking anguish many gay people feel in a homophobic society, but it also joyfully celebrates the rewards of self-acceptance and the happiness that can be found by living life honestly. If you just "hang in" and "hang on" and accept yourself, the song advises, you can experience "the joy of living with authenticity."
Schwartz, who has written such hit musicals as Godspell (1971), Pippin (1972), and Wicked (2003), collaborated with Savage as he set to music the heartfelt testimony of contributors to the "It Gets Better" project. The result is an extraordinarily moving work that is beautifully performed by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.
In the video below members of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus sing Steve Schalchlin's "My Thanksgiving Prayer."