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.
Acclaimed ballet dancer Alexander Grant (1925-2011) died on September 30, 2011 in London. Especially known for his character roles in ballets by Frederick Ashton, Grant was a member of the Royal Ballet from 1946 to 1976, and served as artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada from 1976 to 1983. In 1969, he was described by New York Times critic Clive Barnes as "one of the few great, as opposed to merely magnificent, dancers of our time." He is survived by Jean-Pierre Gasquet, his partner of 54 years.
Grant appears in this undated archival film: