The author published the novel anonymously and, unlike some of the others on this list, managed to avoid a prison sentence. In the s male prostitutes often wore make-up and, like Quentin Crisp, presented an "effeminate" appearance. Real News. However — where there are customers, there are suppliers. And by associating the mistreatment of homosexuals with the discrimination suffered by other minorities in America, Isherwood legitimizes the grievances of gay people at a time when homosexuals were not recognized either as a genuine minority or as valuable members of the human community. New York Alison Bechdel: Historically, the term "gay literature" was sometimes used to cover both gay male and lesbian literatures.
The Fine Gentleman, like so many comic theatrical characters between about andis supposed to be an overdressed man of fashion, which in the context of the period implies that he is effeminate.
No matter how harsh the punishments and how determined the guardians of public virtue were in the prosecution of gay men: A Life in Poetry Poland: Bisexuality in Books for Young Readers".
Organizing against Persecution Gregg Araki: