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 September 22, 2011, police in Amherst, New York announced that they have launched an investigation into whether school bullies can be charged with harassment or hate crimes related to the suicide of high school freshman Jamey Rodemeyer, who was found dead on September 18, 2011, after years of complaints by him that he was bullied in school and online mainly because of his sexual orientation.
According to BuffaloNews.com, Amherst Police Chief John C. Askey said that members of the public, including those from the school community have reached out to police with information that Rodemeyer had been subjected to what would amount to criminal harassment.
"We've heard that there were some specific students, an identifiable group of students, that had specifically targeted Jamey, or had been picking on him for a period of time," Askey said.
"We're looking into it to see if he was the victim of any crimes, and that's the bottom line," the chief said.
Ironically, Rodemeyer, who had complained for years of being bullied, posted a YouTube video in the "It Gets Better" channel reassuring others that "It gets better, I promise."
In the video, he mentioned that he found comfort and inspiration in the music of Lady Gaga, who on Wednesday tweeted to her 13.7 million Twitter followers, "I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it."
Dan Savage, founder of the "It Gets Better" project, responded to news of Rodemeyer's suicide by issuing the following statement: "The point of the 'It Gets Better' project is to give kids like Jamey Rodemeyer hope for their futures. But sometimes hope isn't enough. Sometimes the damage done by hate and by haters is simply too great. Sometimes the future seems too remote. And those are the times our hearts break."
Anderson Cooper has featured the story on two segments of CNN's AC360. In one segment, Cooper explores the wider issue of bullying.
Rodemeyer's parents appeared on CNN's AC360 show Wednesday night, telling Anderson Cooper of their son's history of being bullied, adding that "He had the biggest heart in that little body."