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.
On June 24, in acknowledgment of the weddings of same-sex couples in New York, David Blankenhorn, one of the most prominent opponents of marriage equality, extended his congratulations to the newlyweds, in a brief posting under the heading, "Seems like the right thing to say" at FamilyScholars.org. While congratulations are usually welcome, this one is too hypocritical to be acceptable.
David Blankenhorn has made a small fortune out of his opposition to same-sex marriage. He has written extensively against allowing same-sex couples to marry, warning that to do so would lead to dire consequences for the institution of marriage itself. He campaigned against marriage equality in California. In 2008, on the eve of the Proposition 8 vote that deprived same-sex couples of the right to marry in California, he published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times shamefully entitled "Protecting Marriage to Protect Children," thereby evoking the homophobic arguments that gay people pose a danger to children.
Blankenhorn is best known for his testimony as an "expert" witness in the Prop 8 trial in which, under oath, he was unable to specify any damage that same-sex marriage would do the institution of marriage or any harm that the institution of marriage has suffered in those jurisdictions where same-sex couples have been allowed to marry for more than a decade.
Blankenhorn, who has repeatedly said that he bears no animus against homosexuals, has complained that he has been called a bigot for his campaign against same-sex marriage. However, his actions speak louder than his words. If he really wishes the newlyweds in New York well, he would end his campaign against marriage equality. If he did that, then maybe his congratulations would be welcome.