Although few gay actors have been permitted the luxury of openness, many of them have challenged and helped reconfigure notions of masculinity and, to a lesser extent, of homosexuality.
Lesbian actresses have played a significant role in Hollywood, but their contributions have rarely been recognized or spoken of openly; the "lavender marriage" is by no means a relic of the past.
Considering the unique set of problems facing lesbians who want to produce erotic art for the enjoyment of other lesbians, it is remarkable that so much lesbian erotica has been produced in so brief a time.
Olympian Brian Orser, known for both his athleticism and artistry, led a resurgence of Canada as a force to be reckoned with in men's figure skating; after being outed in a palimony suit, he has become an advocate for glbtq rights.
Although American gay film icon Brad Davis has been described as "the first heterosexual actor to die of AIDS," he was widely known as bisexual within the entertainment community.
Handsome, athletic, graceful, and charismatic, actor Errol Flynn was widely rumored to enjoy sexual relations with men as well as women.
In nineteenth-century America men who loved other men often suffered from guilt, but artists such as Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins celebrated male camaraderie and affection, while expatriate John Singer Sargent depicted the dandy, and photographs documented male friendships.
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.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The international gay rights organization AllOut.org has released a new video calling attention to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's historic March 7, 2012 speech on gay rights and to the walk-out staged by some UN representatives to protest it.
Ban Ki-moon, who became Secretary-General of the United Nations in 2007 and who was recently elected to a second five-year term, has emerged as a proponent of equal rights for glbtq people. He has eagerly signed on to the position recently articulated in the UN Human Rights Council by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that gay rights are human rights.
On March 7, in an historic speech delivered at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ban Ki-moon implored countries around the world to decriminalize same-sex relationships and end discrimination against glbtq people.
Overshadowing the speech itself was the reaction of some UN representatives. In a breach of protocol, several members of the council staged an obviously pre-arranged boycott of the speech, walking out of the hall as the Secretary General began to speak.
The boycott of the Secretary General's speech at least had the virtue of calling attention to the fact that in many areas of the world gay people live in varying degrees of danger and terror. Seventy-six countries criminalize homosexual acts, with 10 of them prescribing punishments of death or life imprisonment.
In response to the insulting move by the representatives who walked out on the Secretary General's historic speech, the international activist organization AllOut.org has issued a video in which they re-mix the inspiring speech in order to "remind us that in many places around the world LGBT people are still demonized, criminalized, attacked and even killed for who they are."