Long-distance swimmer and respected sports commentator has in more recent years spoken out on issues of glbtq rights.
Indian playwright, screenwriter, dancer, director, and actor Mahesh Dattani is an important figure in South Asian gay culture by virtue of his recurrent depiction of queer characters.
Entertainer Josephine Baker achieved acclaim as the twentieth century's first international black female sex symbol, but kept carefully hidden her many sexual liaisons with women, which continued from adolescence to the end of her life.
American painter Paul Cadmus is best known for the satiric innocence of his frequently censored paintings of burly men in skin-tight clothes, but he also created works that celebrate same-sex domesticity.
San Francisco visual artist Jerome Caja is known for his small, sensuous combinations of found objects, which he painted with nail polish, makeup, and glitter, as well as for his drag performances.
Although sparse in images documenting the gay community, pre-Stonewall gay male photography blurs the boundaries between art, erotica, and social history.
Female impersonation need say nothing about sexual identity, but it has for a long time been almost an institutionalized aspect of gay male culture.
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.
The cast of Hot in Cleveland going purple for Spirit Day.
On October 17, 2013, thousands of Americans are wearing 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."
In past years, numerous celebrities, including Chaz Bono, Cyndi Lauper, Ellen DeGeneres, and Mia Farrow, among many others, have participated in Spirit Day. At schools across the country, Gay-Straight Alliances have distributed purple wristbands and held assemblies and other meetings to commemorate the day.
According to GLAAD, which spearheads the observance, many media outlets plan to go purple for Spirit Day 2013. Among those participating are CNBC, Comcast, Logo, MTV, NBC Universal, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Oprah also changed her Twitter profile to purple in honor of Spirit Day.
Archie Comics issued a special strip in which Kevin Keller, the series' first openly gay character, takes a stand against bullying. As a Spirit Day Ambassador, Kevin Keller is joined by such other celebrity ambassadors as Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Ke$ha, the cast of Degrassi High, and Elvis Duran. Other celebrity participants include Demi Lovato, the cast of Hot in Cleveland, and openly gay singer Steve Grand.
In the video below the cast of Hot in Cleveland goes purple for Spirit Day.