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.
Olympian Johnny Weir (right) with husband Victor Vornov at the GLAAD Awards ceremony.
Videos released by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) from the organization's Media Awards celebration in New York City on March 23, 2011 preserve some memorable moments, including Craig Zadan and Neil Meron's acceptance of the Vito Russo Award; Zach Wahls's account of the fallout from his speech to the Iowa legislature on behalf of marriage equality; Josh Elliot's remarks about bullied teenager Jamie Rodemeyer and his father's homosexuality; Carolyn Brown's and Chris Geidner's observations about the importance of gay issues in mainstream journalism and the continuing necessity of specialized glbtq journalism; and newlyweds Johnny Weir and Victor Vornov's comments on GLAAD's work on behalf of marriage equality.
In the clip below, acclaimed producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron accept their much-deserved Vito Russo Award.
In the video below, Zach Wahls speaks about his activism after the video of his speech before the Iowa legislature went viral in 2011 to become one of the most viewed YouTube clips of the year and the questions he has received about his lesbian mothers.
In the video below, ABC newsman Josh Elliot accepts the award for "Outstanding TV Journalism Segment" for "Battle against Bullying," a story about the suicide of teenager Jamie Rodemeyer, on ABC News with Diane Sawyer. In his acceptance speech, Elliot, who appears daily on Good Morning America, reveals that his father was gay.
In the video below, Carolyn Brown of Black Enterprise and Chris Geidner of MetroWeekly accept awards for "Outstanding Magazine Article." Brown was honored for an article about Black professionals in corporate America and Geidner for an article about the history of the Defense of Marriage Act.
In the clip below, Olympian Johnny Weir and his husband Victor Vornov discuss GLAAD's work on behalf of marriage equality.