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 the 44th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, it is well to remember the event that in the popular imagination inaugurated the modern gay rights movement.
On June 28, 1969, a routine police raid of a mafia-run bar in New York City, the Stonewall Inn, sparked a riot that would come to mark the symbolic beginning of the gay liberation movement. The rioting and demonstrating continued for several days and inspired a new militancy in the quest for equal rights.
A month after the Stonewall Riots, the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) was formed. Radical and leftist in orientation, the GLF was but one of many politically focused lesbian and gay organizations that formed in the wake of the riots, both in the United States and around the world.
The number of lesbian and gay publications skyrocketed as well, which led to an even greater sense of community. Homosexuals were no longer strictly marginalized. Lesbians and gay men rapidly developed visible communities in cities across the country and throughout Europe.
Beginning in 1970, marches have taken place in New York City (as well as in countless places worldwide) every year commemorating the Stonewall Riots.
In a new video from Open Road Media, historian Martin Duberman, author of Stonewall (1994), recounts the events of that day and talks about the symbolic significance of that one unifying night.