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.
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.