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.
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.