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.
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.