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García Lorca, Federico García Lorca, Federico
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.
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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.
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Combining elements of incongruity, theatricality, and exaggeration, camp is a form of humor that helps homosexuals cope with a hostile environment.
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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.
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In Memoriam
In Memoriam: Roy Simmons (1956-2014)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/27/14
Last updated on: 02/27/14
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Former NFL player Roy Simmons, who announced his homosexuality after his playing career ended, died on February 20, 2014 at his apartment in New York. He was an offensive lineman for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins in the 1980s. The cause of his death was complications related to pneumonia. He was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1997.

Simmons was born on Nov. 8, 1956 in Savannah, Georgia. A football star at Savannah's Beach High School, he attended Georgia Tech and was drafted by the Giants in 1979. In 1983, he joined the Redskins and played in the 1984 Superbowl, his last game in the NFL.

In 1992, Simmons disclosed that he was gay on Phil Donahue's television talk show, Donahue. He was the second former NFL player to come out. Dave Kopay, who came out in 1975 after playing nine seasons in the NFL, was the first.

In 2006, Simmons published a memoir, Out of Bounds: Coming Out of Sexual Abuse, Addiction and My Life of Lies in the N.F.L. Closet.

He is survived by several siblings and a daughter, Kara Jackson, and a grandson.

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