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.
On June 13, 2013, President Obama, flanked by Vice-President Biden, addressed more than 100 activists gathered at the White House for the fifth LGBT Pride Month reception he has hosted. After rehearsing the achievements of his administration, he told the enthusiastic crowd that "We've made this country a little more equal. We've made our world a little more full of love." Cautioning us not to despair if there are setbacks along the way to full equality, he added, "The genius of America is that America can change."
The reception was attended by members of Congress, Major General Patricia Rose and her wife Julie Roth, current and former members of the administration, and citizens who had written to him about glbtq issues. The President was introduced by 9-year-old twin sisters from California, Zea and Luna, who have two moms, and had written to him about gun safety, education funding, and marriage equality.
The President admitted that much remains to be done to achieve equal rights for glbtq people, and outlined an agenda for his second term: "We've got to make access to health care more available and affordable for folks living with HIV. We've got to implement the protections in the Affordable Care Act. We've got to keep making our classrooms and our neighborhoods safe for all of our young people. And I agree with Susan, a PFLAG mom from Ohio--we've got to end LGBT discrimination in the places where we work."
He said he wants to sign the currently pending Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and expressed some optimism about its success in Congress. "I think we can make that happen," he said, "because after the last four and a half years, you can't tell me things can't happen. Look around. We've got gay and lesbian soldiers, and sailors, and airmen, and Marines who are here today. We've got married couples from places like New York and Washington State. You've got a couple of guys here on stage who I don't think anybody in their high schools thought would be the President and the Vice President of the United States. So don't tell me that things can't happen when we put our minds to them."
Most observers, however, doubt that ENDA can muster 60 votes in the Senate to survive a Republican filibuster and, even more, that it would be approved in the Republican-controlled House if it were ever allowed to be voted upon there.
The President did not mention the repeated calls from glbtq groups for an executive order requiring federal contractors not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
Below is a video of the President's remarks.