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.
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.
Oscar Wilde is important both as an accomplished writer and as a symbolic figure who exemplified a way of being homosexual at a pivotal moment in the emergence of gay consciousness.
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.