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.
Cynthia Nixon (left) with Christine Marinoni.
Actress Cynthia Nixon and education activist Christine Marinoni were wed in New York on May 27, 2012. The couple lobbied tirelessly on behalf of marriage equality in the state. Indeed, they announced their engagement three years ago at a rally to support marriage equality.
Nixon and Marinoni were brought together by their shared interest in the welfare of children and in public education. Nixon's dedication to improving public education in New York led her to become involved with the non-profit Alliance for Quality Education in 2004. Through her membership in the organization, she met Marinoni, the AQE's New York director, and the two women fell in love.
In February 2011, Marinoni gave birth to the couple's son, Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni. Nixon has two children from her previous marriage to photographer Danny Mozes.
Nixon, a Tony Award-winning actress and Broadway veteran, is best known for her role as Miranda Hobbes in the television and film versions of Sex in the City, for which she won an Emmy Award and shared a Screen Actors Guild Award for ensemble acting.
She was the center of a firestorm in January 2012, when in an interview in the New York Times, she asserted that for her at least, homosexuality "is a choice." The assertion led to a sometimes heated and occasionally uncivil discussion in the gay blogosphere focused on the question of whether sexual orientation is genetic and whether sexual orientation is fluid, as well as on the differences between choice and orientation and between homosexuality and bisexuality.
After much pushback, Nixon issued an apology. A discussion of the controversy may be found here.
In the video below, Nixon accepts the 2010 Vito Russo Award from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.