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.
The glbtq television newsmagazine In the Life has profiled activist John Becker, who went undercover in 2011 to investigate reparative therapy at the Bachmann Clinic. The profile offers an inspiring portrait of a young activist while also detailing the important work of Wayne Besen and his organization Truth Wins Out in combating the harmful effects of the "ex- gay" myth.
Truth Wins Out is a non-profit organization that fights anti-gay religious extremism. It monitors anti-glbtq organizations, documents their lies, and exposes their leaders as charlatans. Its goal is to create a world where LGBT individuals can live openly, honestly, and true to themselves.
Truth Wins Out was founded in 2006 by Wayne Besen, author of Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth (2003). Prior to founding TWO, Besen served as a spokesperson for five years with the Human Rights Campaign.
Visit Truth Wins Out here.
In July 2011, as Representative Michelle Bachmann rose in the polls as a Republican presidential candidate, TWO sent John Becker undercover to test the widely-circulated rumors that her husband Marcus Bachmann's psychological clinic practiced reparative therapy. Becker presented himself as a patient seeking conversion therapy at Bachmann & Associates in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The video below reports on the undercover operation.
The In the Life profile, however, goes beyond the undercover operation to offer a moving portrait of Becker himself and why he is motivated to pursue his activism.