Female impersonation need say nothing about sexual identity, but it has for a long time been almost an institutionalized aspect of gay male culture.
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.
President Obama was one of many to don a lavender tie to observe Spirit Day on Oct. 20.
On October 20, 2011, thousands of Americans wore purple to celebrate Spirit Day, a response to the national epidemic of anti-gay bullying. The observance was initiated in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan as a simple but powerful way to show support for glbtq youth.
The idea to display purple on Spirit Day stems from the fact that in some interpretations of the Rainbow flag the color is said to symbolize "spirit."
This year Spirit Day was observed by numerous celebrities including Chaz Bono, Cyndi Lauper, and Mia Farrow, among many others. At schools across the country, Gay Straight Alliances distributed purple wristbands and held assemblies and other meetings to commemorate the day.
The White House acknowledged Spirit Day in a blog on WhiteHouse.gov and by turning their Facebook photo purple.
President Obama donned a lavender tie in honor of the occasion.
MTV displayed its support in a number of ways. The channel turned its on-air logo purple, as well as its Facebook, Twitter, MTV.com, and MTV Act logos. In addition, stars of MTV shows demonstrated support by wearing purple.
According to GLAAD, which sponsored this year's observance, other media outlets that went purple for Spirit Day include CNBC, CNN, E!, Here Media, LOGO, MSNBC, Sundance Channel, and USA Network.
On his blog Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters, Alvin McEwen addressed "my beautiful gay children," telling them, "I want our lgbt children to remember something important. You are not alone.
"And while millions will show their support to you today, just keep in mind where you come from. You come from a long line of kings and queens, world builders and civilization savers.
"While some will stoop to their lowest level to take away things from you, remember that they can never take your dignity or self-worth.
"And especially your potential to do great things."
To illustrate his point, he posted this remarkable YouTube videomontage: Famous gays in history.