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.
Audrey and Gail.
Glbtq.com wishes everyone a Happy Valentine's Day. Fittingly, on Valentine's Day 2013, the Illinois State Senate passed a marriage equality bill and the Devotion Project released a film introducing us to newlyweds Audrey and Gail.
As Ray Long and Rafael Guerrero report in the Chicago Tribune, the Illinois Senate delivered a Valentine's Day victory to gay and lesbian couples, passing on a 34 to 21 vote legislation that would authorize same-sex marriage in Illinois.
The measure changes marriage in state law from an act between a man and a woman to two people. The legislation explicitly says nothing in the proposed law would force a religious denomination or minster to "solemnize any marriage."
People in civil unions would be able to convert them to gay marriages within a year of a same-sex marriage law going on the books in Illinois.
Senator Heather Steans, who sponsored the measure, argued the legislation is needed because it is time for Illinois to eliminate the "second-class status" of gay and lesbian couples.
Senator Martin Sandoval called this particular Valentine's Day a "day of celebration," saying support for gay marriage is a decisive action to break down barriers that have prevented some Illinois citizens from getting the justice they deserve.
"This is a bill that is a defining moment here in this state," Sandoval said.
Referring to the Roman Catholic hierarchy that strongly opposes the legislation, he added, "our religious leaders have failed us."
The bill now goes to the House, where its passage is expected to be tougher. Governor Quinn supports the bill and will sign it if it reaches his desk.
Another Valentine's Day gift is from The Devotion Project, which produces short documentary films featuring glbtq couples of all stripes.
On Valentine's Day 2013, the Project released a film introducing the charming Audrey and Gail, who recently married.