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Although sparse in images documenting the gay community, pre-Stonewall gay male photography blurs the boundaries between art, erotica, and social history.
Given the historic stigma around making, circulating, and possessing overtly homoerotic images, the visual arts have been especially important for providing a socially sanctioned arena for depicting the naked male body and suggesting homoerotic desire.
Independent films that aggressively assert homosexual identity and queer culture, the New Queer Cinema can be seen as the culmination of several developments in American cinema.
Renowned photographer, teacher, critic, editor, and curator, Minor White created some of the most interesting photographs of male nudes of the second half of the twentieth century, but did not exhibit them for fear of scandal.
The first international fashion superstar, Halston dressed and befriended some of America's most glamorous women.
An artistic movement that grew out of Dadaism and flourished in Europe shortly after World War I, Surrealism embraced the idea that art was an expression of the subconscious.
Film, stage, and television actor Paul Winfield was openly gay in his private life, but maintained public silence about his homosexuality.
Video still from a satirical video by Rob Tisinai.
Activist and blogger Rob Tisinai has created some excellent videos parodying the messages of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM). The videos, produced on behalf of his fictitious National Marriage Organization, are amusing. In addition, however, they deliciously expose the absurdity of the arguments against marriage equality put forth by NOM.
Tisinai blogs regularly at Box Turtle Bulletin and at his own blog, Waking Up Now. His commentary is invariably insightful. He is also an avid cyclist who participates in the annual AIDS/Life Cycle Ride to End AIDS.
Tisinai recently announced the startling news that he has "given up the battle for so-called marriage equality," has "started an organization to promote traditional marriage," and would be posting "public service announcements to promote his new cause."
The first of these announcements is called "Redefining Marriage."
This announcement was quickly followed by one called "Think of the Children," which echoes the ominous tones of NOM's infamous "Gathering Storm" video.
The latest video in the series is called simply "Leviticus."
The videos manage to be good-humored even as they engage in piercing satire.
Tisinai is using the videos to publicize his participation in the AIDS/Life Cycle Ride, a seven-day event in June in which cyclists ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in order to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS.