Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
While famous for his work as a writer in the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes has posthumously became recognized as well for his creative works involving homosexuality. His popularly-anthologized poems such as “Let America be America Again” and “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” highlight his identity as a black man, and some of his lesser known works expand that to also include his non-normative sexuality.
Biographers and scholars debate whether Hughes would better fit under the terms homosexual or asexual. Either way, his non-normative sexual identity only coming to light after his death helps highlight the compression or erasure of identity queer people of color often face.