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.
Congratulations to blogger Jeremy Hooper on the publication of his book, If It's a Choice, My Zygote Chose Balls: Making Sense of Senseless Controversy. Hooper founded Good As You (GAY) in 2005, when he was 25 years old, in order to challenge the pervasive anti-gay rhetoric in the media and to initiate "a fresh, new, irreverent approach" to gay activism.
Through Good As You (GAY) Hooper has contributed to the new grassroots activism ushered in by the Internet. The explosion of glbtq political blogs in the twenty-first century has served to multiply greatly the number of voices participating in glbtq activism and to expedite the transmission of political information and analysis to glbtq communities.
Hooper's voice is one of the most interesting of those in the gay blogosphere. Frequently irreverent and humorous, he is nevertheless quite serious. Good As You (GAY) is noted for its meticulous research and for uncovering stories that might have been overlooked.
On his blog, Hooper's tone is light rather than angry; he avoids calling anti-gay activists "bigots"; and generally approaches the news more positively than negatively. On the other hand, he allows anti-gay activists to expose themselves simply by quoting their lies and inconsistencies.
On July 7, 2009, Hooper posted, under the rubric, "This is what marriage equality looks like," photos and videos of his June wedding in Connecticut. The images of the happy male couple surrounded by a large and supportive group of family and friends make a powerful case in favor of marriage equality.
In If It's a Choice, My Zygote Chose Balls: Making Sense of Senseless Controversy, Hooper tells his life story.
The Nashville native who currently lives with his husband Andrew and their dog Bosley on New York's West Side explores issues of family rejection and acceptance and places a human face on the experience of being gay in contemporary society.
"From constant talk about marriage to the popular parlor game 'Which celebrity is gay?' our world is, in many ways, obsessed with LGBT topics," says Hooper. "However, there is serious neglect in terms of actually tackling the issues at hand. I want to address the weighty topics head on, but in a relatable way."
Below is a trailer for the new book.