These LGBTQ favorites represent just some of the brave and influential events on the cultural barometer of twentieth-century gay literary history. From where we stand now, with marriage equality in the United States, they all seem deeply historical. Some were written in countries when it was illegal for gay people to exist openly, never mind marry.
All of them spell out liberation and relief in some form particular to the time of their publication, but also echo forward to future readers. Who of these authors would have believed at the time they were writing their courageous words that we would come to where we are now in the U.S. with LGBTQ civil rights?