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Is Truman Capote a symbol for the gay community in film and literature?

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Absolutely. The LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Encyclopedia lauds Capote, saying his "works helped establish what might be called the quintessential homosexual writing style of the 1950s and 1960s." Film critic Emmanuel Levy writes that "[d]uring a period when homosexuality was anathema in America, Truman was nonchalantly and resplendently gay."

In a time many homosexuals were still closeted, Capote was very much out. In his non-fiction work Music for Chameleons (1980), Capote, in a ''self-interview,'' declared, ''I'm not a saint yet. I'm an alcoholic. I'm a drug addict. I'm homosexual. I'm a genius. Of course, I could be all four of these dubious things and still be a saint.''

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