Novelists, writers, poets, and musicians of the Harlem Renaissance made quite an impact on LGBT culture through their art. Most notably, poet Langston Hughes, novelists Claude McKay and Wallace Thurman, and blues singer Bessie Smith used their words to express their thoughts and personal experiences with LGBT culture. Hughes, McKay, and Thurman's works can all be read as "gay texts," chronicling relationships and friendships within the LGBT community. Similarly, Smith's music often focused on the theme of same-gender love.
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