Best known for his genius in art and architecture, Michelangelo was also an accomplished author of homoerotic poetry.
The bisexual Lord Byron treated many of his homosexual love affairs in his poetry, encoding them by the use of classical references or by purporting that they were affairs with women.
Before Stonewall, censorship of the theater caused authors to encode homosexual content in publicly-presented plays.
Combining elements of incongruity, theatricality, and exaggeration, camp is a form of humor that helps homosexuals cope with a hostile environment.
Sri Lankan-Canadian writer Shyam Selvadurai has emerged as a significant figure in post-colonial and gay writing by virtue of the style, wit, and perspicacity of his three novels.
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.
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.
A vigorous gay and lesbian literature emerged in the Philippines in the last two decades of the twentieth century.
Danish gay activist Axel Axgil died on October 29, 2011 in a Copenhagen hospital following complications from a fall. He was 96. His long-time partner Eigel Axgil preceded him in death. The two, who had been together for 40 years at the time, were among 11 couples to exchange vows on October 1, 1989, when Denmark became the first country in the world to recognize same-sex partnership with almost all the rights extended to heterosexual married couples.
In 1948, Axel, born Axel Lundahl-Madsen, and Eigil, born Eigil Eskildsen, together with several friends, founded F-48 or Forbundet af 1948 (The League of 1948), Denmark's first gay rights organization.
Vivi Jelstrup, a spokeswoman for LGBA Danmark, said Axgil in many ways personified the struggle for gay rights in Denmark.