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Popular Topics in Literature
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.
 
Musical Theater
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.
 
Michelangelo Buonarroti Michelangelo Buonarroti
Best known for his genius in art and architecture, Michelangelo was also an accomplished author of homoerotic poetry.
 
African-American Literature: Gay Male African-American Literature: Gay Male
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.
 
Camp Camp
Combining elements of incongruity, theatricality, and exaggeration, camp is a form of humor that helps homosexuals cope with a hostile environment.
 
Hughes, Langston Hughes, Langston
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.
 
Baldwin, James Arthur Baldwin, James Arthur
James Baldwin, a pioneering figure in twentieth-century literature, wrote sustained and articulate challenges to American racism and mandatory heterosexuality.
 
Wilde, Oscar Wilde, Oscar
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.
 
In Memoriam
 
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In Memoriam: Nancy Garden (1938-2014)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/04/14
Last Updated: 07/04/14
Pioneering author of young adult novels, Nancy Garden died on June 23, 2014.
In Memoriam: Storme DeLarverie (1920-2014)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/01/14
Last Updated: 06/01/14
Stonewall veteran and male impersonator Storme DeLarverie died on May 28, 2014 in Brooklyn.
In Memoriam: George Dureau (1930-2014)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/08/14
Last Updated: 04/09/14
New Orleans artist George Dureau died on April 7, 2014 as a result of complications from Alzheimer's disease.
In Memoriam: Roy Simmons (1956-2014)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/27/14
Last Updated: 02/27/14
Former NFL player Roy Simmons, who announced his homosexuality after his playing career ended, died on February 20, 2014.
In Memoriam: Jennifer Neuman-Roper (1969-2013)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/12/13
Last Updated: 11/12/13
Jennifer Neuman-Roper, one of the plaintiffs in the ACLU's New Mexico marriage equality lawsuit, died on November 8, 2013.
In Memoriam: Doug Ireland (1946-2013)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/28/13
Last Updated: 10/28/13
Journalist Doug Ireland died on October 26, 2013 at his home in New York City.
In Memoriam: Lou Reed (1942-2013)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/28/13
Last Updated: 10/28/13
Bisexual singer, songwriter, and guitarist Lou Reed, whose music exerted enormous influence on rock musicians, died on October 27, 2013 at his home in Amangassett, New York.
In Memoriam: John Arthur (1965-2013)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/22/13
Last Updated: 10/22/13
John Arthur, the terminally ill Ohio man who traveled to Maryland to marry his partner and then sued to have their marriage recognized in their home state, died on October 22, 2013.
In Memoriam: Patrice Chéreau (1944-2013)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/09/13
Last Updated: 10/09/13
Acclaimed French director, screenwriter, and actor Patrice Chereau died of complications from cancer on October 7, 2013 in Paris.
In Memoriam: John Mitzel (1948-2013)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/07/13
Last Updated: 10/07/13
Bookseller and writer John Mitzel died at his home in Arlington, Massachusetts on October 4, 2013 from complications of treatment for cancer.
In Memoriam: Mario Montez (1935-2013)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/04/13
Last Updated: 10/04/13
"Superstar" of experimental films Mario Montez died in Key West on September 26, 2013.
In Memoriam: Darren Manzella (1977-2013)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/31/13
Last Updated: 08/31/13
Darren Manzella, an activist in the struggle against the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy that barred openly gay servicemembers in the U.S. military, died on August 29, 2013 in an automobile accident.
In Memoriam: José Sarria (1922-2013)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/19/13
Last Updated: 08/20/13
Legendary San Francisco drag queen and activist José Sarria died on August 19, 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico of cancer.
In Memoriam: Emile Griffith (1938-2013)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/24/13
Last Updated: 07/24/13
Bisexual boxing champion Emile Griffith died on July 23, 2013 in Hempstead, New York, the result of kidney failure and complications of dementia.
In Memoriam: Van Cliburn (1934-2013)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/27/13
Last Updated: 02/28/13
Acclaimed pianist Van Cliburn died on February 27, 2013 at his home in Fort Worth, Texas of complications from bone cancer.
In Memoriam: Charlie Morgan
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/10/13
Last Updated: 02/10/13
Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan, who fought for the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and for the extension of equal rights to gay and lesbian servicemembers, died on February 10, 2012.
In Memoriam: Edward I. Koch (1924-2013)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/01/13
Last Updated: 02/02/13
Edward I. Koch, former Mayor of New York City, died on February 1, 2013 of congestive heart failure at New York Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital.
In Memoriam: Michael Triplett (1964-2013)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/18/13
Last Updated: 01/18/13
Michael Triplett, President of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, died on January 17, 2013.
In Memoriam: Jeanne Manford (1920-2013)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/08/13
Last Updated: 02/09/13
PFLAG Founder Jeanne Manford died on January 7, 2013 at her home in Daly City, California.
In Memoriam: Laurier LaPierre (1929-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/18/12
Last Updated: 12/18/12
Laurier LaPierre, Canada's first openly gay Senator, died on December 17, 2012 in Montreal.
In Memoriam: Gray Foy (1922-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/02/12
Last Updated: 12/02/12
Artist Gray Foy died on November 23, 2012 in New York City.
In Memoriam: Richard Robbins (1940-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/18/12
Last Updated: 11/19/12
Oscar-nominated composer Richard Robbins died on November 7, 2012 at his home in Rhinebeck, N.Y. of Parkinson's disease.
In Memoriam: Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/29/12
Last Updated: 10/29/12
German composer of classical music Hans Werner Henze died on October 27, 2012 in Dresden.
In Memoriam: Sgt. Donna R. Johnson (1983-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/05/12
Last Updated: 10/05/12
Sgt. Donna R. Johnson was killed on October 1, 2012 when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a motorcycle packed with explosives into a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol in Afghanistan.
In Memoriam: Allan Horsfall (1928-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/01/12
Last Updated: 09/02/12
British gay rights pioneer Allan Horsfall died on August 31, 2012.
In Memoriam: Daryl Hine (1936-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/25/12
Last Updated: 08/25/12
Canadian-American poet Daryl Hine died on August 20, 2012 at his home in Evanston, Illinois.
In Memoriam: Ron Palillo (1949-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/14/12
Last Updated: 08/14/12
Actor Ron Palillo, best known for his portrayal of Horshack in the 1970s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," died on August 14, 2012.
In Memoriam: David Rakoff (1964-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/10/12
Last Updated: 08/10/12
Humorist David Rakoff died of cancer on August 9, 2012 in Manhattan.
In Memoriam: Mark O'Donnell (1954-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/07/12
Last Updated: 08/07/12
Writer Mark O'Donnell, best known for his book of the Marc Shaiman-Scott Wittman musical "Hairspray," died in New York City on August 6, 2012.
In Memoriam: Chavela Vargas (1919-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/06/12
Last Updated: 08/06/12
Acclaimed Costa Rican-Mexican singer Chavela Vargas died on August 5, 2012 in a hospital in Cuernavaca, where she had been admitted for heart and respiratory problems.
In Memoriam: Gore Vidal (1925-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/01/12
Last Updated: 08/01/12
Writer Gore Vidal died in Los Angeles on July 31, 2012.
In Memoriam: Sally Ride (1951-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/23/12
Last Updated: 07/23/12
Astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died on July 23, 2012 at her home in San Diego.
In Memoriam: Richard Isay (1934-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/30/12
Last Updated: 07/02/12
Psychiatrist and gay rights advocate Dr. Richard Isay died on June 28, 2012 in New York City.
In Memoriam: Gerhard "Gad" Beck (1923-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/26/12
Last Updated: 06/28/12
Gad Beck, one of the last gay Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, died on June 24, 2012 in Berlin.
In Memoriam: Dudley Clendenin (1944-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/03/12
Last Updated: 06/03/12
Journalist Dudley Clendenin died on May 30, 2012 in Baltimore of complications from ALS.
In Memoriam: Rosemary Curb Keefe (1940-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/26/12
Last Updated: 06/16/12
Rosemary Curb Keefe, co-editor with Nancy Manahan of one of the bestselling lesbian books of all time, Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence, died of complications from lung transplant surgery on May 25, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In Memoriam: Maurice Sendak (1928-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/08/12
Last Updated: 05/08/12
Renowned children's author and artist Maurice Sendak died on May 8, 2012 as the result of complications from a stroke.
In Memoriam: Virginia Spencer Carr (1929-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/03/12
Last Updated: 05/03/12
Virginia Spencer Carr, best known for her biographies of Carson McCullers and Paul Bowles, died on April 10, 2012.
In Memoriam: Robert K. Martin (1941-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/02/12
Last Updated: 05/02/12
Pioneering gay studies scholar Robert K. Martin died in Montreal on February 20, 2012 of complications arising from Parkinson's disease.
In Memoriam: Dan Luckenbill (1945-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/01/12
Last Updated: 05/01/12
Archivist and researcher Dan Luckenbill died on March 25, 2012 in Twentynine Palms, California.
In Memoriam: Bettie Naylor (1928-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/19/12
Last Updated: 04/19/12
Texas activist Bettie Naylor died in her sleep in Austin on April 19, 2012.
In Memoriam: Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/28/12
Last Updated: 03/29/12
Poet Adrienne Rich died on March 27, 2012 at her home in Santa Cruz, California from complications of rheumatoid arthritis.
In Memoriam: Cris Alexander (1920-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/25/12
Last Updated: 03/25/12
Photographer Cris Alexander died in Saratoga Springs, New York on March 7, 2012.
In Memoriam: Steve Walker (1961-2012)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/12/12
Last Updated: 02/14/12
The death of Canadian artist Steve Walker was announced on February 10, 2012.
In Memoriam: John Geddes Lawrence, Jr. (1943-2011)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/23/11
Last Updated: 12/25/11
John Geddes Lawrence, Jr., the lead plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case that declared sodomy laws unconstitutional, died on November 20, 2011.
In Memoriam: Paul Varnell (1942-2011)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/12/11
Last Updated: 12/13/11
Chicago activist/journalist Paul Varnell died on December 9, 2011.
In Memoriam: Alan Sues (1926-2011)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/02/11
Last Updated: 12/02/11
Comic actor Alan Sues died in Los Angeles on December 1, 2011.
In Memoriam: Yvonne ("Miss Dixie") Fasnacht (1910-2011)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/19/11
Last Updated: 11/19/11
Yvonne "Miss Dixie" Fasnacht, owner of the legendary New Orleans gay bar "Dixie's Bar of Music" died on November 13, 2011.
In Memoriam: Barbara Grier (1933-2011)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/11/11
Last Updated: 11/11/11
Publisher Barbara Grier died on November 10, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida.
In Memoriam: Aristide Laurent (1941-2011)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/31/11
Last Updated: 10/31/11
Aristide Laurent, co-founder of The Advocate, died on October 26, 2011.
In Memoriam: Axel Axgil (1915-2011)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/30/11
Last Updated: 10/30/11
Danish gay rights activist Axel Axgil died on October 29, 2011, aged 96.
In Memoriam: Ray Aghayan
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/11/11
Last Updated: 10/16/11
Acclaimed costume designer Ray Aghayan died on October 11, 2011; He is survived by long-time partner Bob Mackie.
In Memoriam: Frank Kameny
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/11/11
Last Updated: 10/16/11
Pioneering gay rights leader Frank Kameny passed away at his home in Washington, D.C. on October 11, 2011.
In Memoriam: Paula Ettelbrick
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/07/11
Last Updated: 10/17/11
Paula Ettelbrick, New York-based attorney and leader of several high-profile activist organizations, died on October 7, 2011 of complications related to cancer
In Memoriam: Alexander Grant
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/30/11
Last Updated: 10/16/11
Acclaimed ballet dancer Alexander Grant (1925-2011) died on September 30, 2011 in London.
 
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