The Closeted Truth: Harlem Renaissance And Homosexuality

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Quiet as it’s keep, many of the most notable writers of the Harlem Renaissance identified themselves — openly or not-so-openly — as homosexual, bisexual or sexually ambiguous.

Luminaries of the New Negro movement such as Countee Cullen, Claude McKay, Wallace Thurman, Alain Locke, Richard Bruce Nugent, Angela Weld Grimke, Alice Dunbar Nelson and Langston Hughes, all fell somewhere along the LGBT spectrum.

Though remnants of their sexual identity can be clearly pinpointed in their literary works, few scholars managed to recognize the indisputable relation between the Harlem Renaissance and homosexuality. Some even postulate that scholars deliberately erased such details from biographies and textbooks.

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