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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.
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Journalist Doug Ireland died at his home in New York City on October 26, 2013. As the U.S. correspondent for the French political-investigative weekly Bakchich, Ireland wrote about U.S. politics for French audiences, and as the Contributing Editor of International Affairs for New York's Gay City News, he wrote about international news for American gay readers. His reports on gay topics and culture in Russia, Iran, and Europe earned him a wide readership.
Ireland's death was announced in Gay City News by Paul Schindler, who quotes Ireland's longtime friend Valerie Goodman as saying that he had suffered in recent years from the after-effects of childhood polio and from diabetes and severe sciatica. Though no cause of death has yet been established, Ireland had at least two major strokes over the past several years.
Schindler observes that "Despite chronic, at times debilitating pain and frequent hospitalizations, Ireland remained a dogged reporter and book critic in recent years, writing articles for nearly every issue of Gay City News . . . since mid-2005 and also reporting on American politics for French-language publications in France."
As a young man, Ireland was a prominent member of the leftist group Students for a Democratic Society and an organizer against the Vietnam War.
He began his career in journalism at the New York Post. He subsequently wrote columns for such magazines and newspapers as the Village Voice, the New York Observer, New York magazine, and the Paris daily Libération, as well as POZ, In These Times, and Bakchich.