Although gay, lesbian, and queer theory are related practices, the three terms delineate separate emphases marked by different assumptions about the relationship between gender and sexuality.
The Harlem Renaissance, an African-American literary movement of the 1920s and 1930s, included several important gay and lesbian writers.
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.
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.
Conflicted over his own sexuality, Tennessee Williams wrote directly about homosexuality only in his short stories, his poetry, and his late plays.
Erotic and pornographic works have been written in many cultures since ancient times and recently have flourished with the relaxation of censorship.
Feminist literary theory is a complex, dynamic area of study that draws from a wide range of critical theories.
James Baldwin, a pioneering figure in twentieth-century literature, wrote sustained and articulate challenges to American racism and mandatory heterosexuality.
At 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, December 9, 2012, the new age of marriage equality in Washington state dawned. After learning that Seattle City Hall's marriage docket was overflowing, seven judges in King County volunteered to come into the courthouse to perform marriage ceremonies on Sunday, their day off.
As Dominic Holden observed in The Stranger, "It's almost too perfect," but the first same-sex wedding in the state was officiated by a judge "with the perfect name for the job: Judge Mary Yu."
At 12:01 a.m., Judge Yu married Sarah and Emily Cofer, who were the second couple in line to receive their marriage license on Thursday, December 6. She married several other couples in the early morning hours.
The moving video below, made by Perry Sjogren, captures the joy of newlyweds as they emerge from Seattle City Hall to be greeted by hundreds of happy supporters.
During the December 9, 2012 Holiday Concert of the Seattle Men's Chorus and the Seattle Women's Chorus two couples were wed. Neil Hoyt, member of the Seattle Mens Chorus, and his partner of 23 years, Donald Jenny, were married first. Then Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen, both members of Seattle Women's Chorus, partners for 35 years who received the first marriage license issued on December 6, were married next. Anne Levinson, retired judge and former deputy Seattle mayor, officiated. Dennis Coleman and Rhonda Juliano were witnesses.