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.
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.