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.
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.