Gay Artists in Midcentury America

In the mid-20th century, gay figures created much of modern American culture — the sounds of Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, the words and moods of Stanley and Blanche in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, the songs and dances of West Side Story. If there was a gay moment in American culture, it occurred then as much as now, despite recent attention to television programs like Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and queer people like Ellen DeGeneres and Tony Kushner.