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.
The writers of the Beat Generation, many of whom were gay or bisexual, endorsed gay rights as a part of their rebellion against inhibition and self-censorship.
The Comedy of Manners, which flourished on the Restoration stage, has been particularly amenable to twentieth-century gay male writers as a vehicle for social satire in both dramatic and nondramatic works.
Using his and his family's experiences, particularly his childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina, and his own wacky perspective on life, David Sedaris has become a world-famous humorist, comedian, writer, playwright, and radio personality.
From the great modernist writers of the 1920s and 1930s to the pulp writers of the 1950s to the lesbian writers of today, lesbian novelists have had a powerful impact on the lesbian community.
From its beginning, the nineteenth century in England had a purposeful homosexual literature of considerable bulk, both male and female, though it was fettered by oppression.
Persecuted for his homosexuality by the Castro government he had once championed, Cuban novelist, essayist, and poet Reinaldo Arenas challenged all types of ideological dogmatism.
Baudelaire was among the first French poets to include lesbians as subjects.
On October 25, 2012, President Obama endorsed Referendum 74 in Washington, Question 1 in Maine, and Question 6 in Maryland, all of which would grant equal marriage rights to same-sex couples. He had previously indicated his opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment in Minnesota that would ban same-sex marriage.
In Washington, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that Obama for America spokesman Paul Bell released the following statement: "While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect. Washington's same-sex marriage law would treat all Washington couples equally, and that is why the President supports a vote to approve Referendum 74."
Similar statements were released in regard to the Maine and Maryland campaigns.
In April, the Obama campaign released a statement opposing the Minnesota amendment: ""[T]he Minnesota ballot initiative . . . would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples--and that's why the President does not support it."
Of President Obama's announcement on October 25, Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson issued the following comment: "Today President Obama added a strong and personal 'I do' to voters still making up their minds on whether to support the freedom to marry in Maine, Maryland, and Washington this election, and Freedom to Marry applauds the president's moral leadership in standing up for families, fairness, and freedom."
He added, "As the president said in May, 'Same-sex couples should be able to get married . . . when we think about our faith, it's also the golden rule.' The right thing to do on these ballot-measures is to vote to treat others just as you would want to be treated--and let loving and committed couples share in the freedom to marry."
Meanwhile, President Obama figures prominently in a radio ad receiving saturation play in Maryland. The ad, targeted to African-American voters, may be heard below.
Finally, in an interview with MTV on October 26, 2012, President Obama predicted that the Defense of Marriage Act will be overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States.
He also said that "the evolution that's taking place in this country will get us to a place where we are going to be recognizing everybody fairly and I'm very proud of that fact that as president I've got a track record of not just talking the talk on this, but walking the walk: ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell, making sure that federal employees are treated equally when it comes to their partners, and I'm going to keep pushing as hard as I can."
An excerpt from the interview may be viewed below, courtesy of Towleroad.
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