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Elegy
A poetic response to the death of a greatly loved person, the elegy has had since classical times a homoerotic component.
Eliot, T[homas] S[tearns]
Although Eliot tried to suppress the fact, The Waste Land is an elegy for a young Frenchman whom he met and loved in Paris and who died in the Great War in 1915.
Feinberg, Leslie
Political organizer, grassroots historian, and accomplished writer, Leslie Feinberg is a pioneer of transgender activism and culture.
Field, Edward
Edward Field's poetry is an account of coming to terms with homosexuality in the literary world of New York in the second half of the twentieth century.
Field, Michael [Katherine Bradley (1846-1914) and Edith Cooper (1862-1913)]
Lesbian lovers Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper, writing as Michael Field, collaborated on a number of plays and eight volumes of verse, many of which had lesbian contents.
Ford, Charles Henri (1910?-2002), and Parker Tyler (1904-1974)
Members of New York's early twentieth-century avant-garde, Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler are also the authors of a widely suppressed and largely unread experimental novel of 1930s gay life, The Young and Evil.
Friend, Robert
An American-born Israeli, Robert Friend was both an accomplished poet in his own right and also an exceptionally skillful translator of poetry from many different languages.
García Lorca, Federico
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.
George, Stefan
Stefan George, one of the foremost German poets of the turn of the twentieth century, encoded his homosexuality in his works.
Gidlow, Elsa
Elsa Gidlow, known to many as the "poet-warrior," was unabashedly visible as an independent woman, a lesbian, a writer, and a bohemian-anarchist at a time when such visibility was both unusual and potentially dangerous.
Gilgamesh
The ancient Sumerian poem Gilgamesh is structured around the love that the heroic male couple Gilgamesh and Enkidu have for each other.
Ginsberg, Allen
The forthrightly gay Allen Ginsberg is probably the best-known American poet to emerge in the post-World War II period.
Gomez, Jewelle
In her poetry, fiction, and essays, Jewelle Gomez seeks to merge her black, feminist, and lesbian identities into an indivisible whole.
Goodman, Paul
The candor with which the bisexual Paul Goodman wrote about the homosexual libido in his poetry and fiction made him an important and highly visible advocate of gay liberation.
Grahn, Judy
Judy Grahn has been an effective leader the gay rights movement, and her identity as a lesbian and a feminist has infused all of her works, in both prose and poetry.
Gray, Thomas
Thomas Gray, the best-loved English poet of the eighteenth century, wrote several poems that express the love he felt for other men.
Grimké, Angelina Weld
A noted African-American writer from the 1900s through the 1920s, Angelina Weld Grimké fell into obscurity in the 1930s and was only rediscovered in the 1980s; her inability to act on her sexual desires inspired her writing and contributed to her ultimately abandoning it.
Gunn, Thom
The Anglo-American writer Thom Gunn was a major gay poet and a perceptive critic of gay poetry.
Hafiz
Much of the sexuality in the lyrics of the great Persian poet Hafiz is homoerotic and infused with a homosexual mysticism.
Hansen, Joseph
Best known as the author of the Dave Brandstetter mystery series, Hansen also published a considerable body of nonmystery fiction and poetry, most of it dominated by homosexual characters and themes.
Heim, Scott
Best known for his critically acclaimed debut novel Mysterious Skin (1995), Scott Heim has resisted the label "gay writer," but avows his interest in "the psychology behind the darker human impulses."
Hemphill, Essex
Despite his relatively brief literary career, Essex Hemphill became arguably the most critically acclaimed and best known openly gay contemporary African-American poet.
Hine, Daryl
The Canadian-American poet Daryl Hine was a leader in giving serious homosexual poetry a place in the mainstream of American poetry.
Hollinghurst, Alan
Noted for his elegant prose style and subtle representations of moral ambiguities, Alan Hollinghurst has in recent years emerged as Great Britain's most significant contemporary gay novelist.
Hopkins, Gerard Manley
In some of the most original poetry of the Victorian period, the sexually-repressed Gerard Manley Hopkins celebrated male beauty as one of the most splendid witnesses to the divine.
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