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.
Laurencia Dandridge reports on the conference.
The International Queer People of Color Conference was held at the California State University, Northridge, from March 30 through April 1, 2012. The theme of this year's conference was "Fourway: Intersections of Race, Gender, Class and Sex[uality]." Through workshops, discussion groups, caucuses, and plenary sessions, the conference explored issues of injustice and oppression, the current political climate, safe-sex and HIV, and the coming out process for ethnic communities, among other issues.
The keynote speaker for the conference was Adelina Anthony, a critically acclaimed and award-winning Xicana lesbian multi-disciplinary artist, whose work addresses themes of colonization, feminism, memory, gender, race/ethnicity, and issues generally affecting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited communities.
Anthony's one-person play, Bruising for Besos (2009) received critical acclaim from the Los Angeles Times and the L.A. Weekly. Her most popular comedy is Mastering Sex & Tortillas! (2008), for which she won the Best Solo Performance award from New York's Premios Sin Limite.
In the video below, Lawrencia Dandridge of NoMoreDownLow.TV reports on the conference and interviews participants about the need for it and about the recent revelation of the National Organization for Marriage's attempts to divide the gay, black, and Latino communities.
NoMoreDownLow.TV, which was launched on National Coming Out Day, October 11, 2010, is a series dedicated to dispelling myths and stereotypes about same gender-loving people in the African-American community.