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.
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.
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.
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.
Long-distance swimmer and respected sports commentator has in more recent years spoken out on issues of glbtq rights.
The greatest dancer of his time, Rudolf Nureyev also gave the world a new and glamorous image of a sexually active gay man.
While nude depictions of women appear in most cultures, on both sides of the equator, and in rich variety, lesbian artists have been particularly resourceful in their use of the female nude.
Handsome, athletic, graceful, and charismatic, actor Errol Flynn was widely rumored to enjoy sexual relations with men as well as women.
Colman Domingo, one of the 64 contributors to The Letter Q.
Congratulations on the publication of The Letter Q, a collection of letters written by authors to their younger selves. Edited by Sarah Moon and James Lecesne, the collection features sixty-four writers telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their future lives as glbtq people.
Described by Booklist as a "lovely, often funny, and always heartfelt book," the writers in their various ways promise their younger selves that in the future "It gets better."
Like Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" YouTube project, the book was conceived as a response to the suicides of glbtq youth reported in the fall of 2010 and that, alas, remain all too common. But in addition to reassuring young people, the contributions also offer valuable insight into the individual authors and contribute to our understanding of how it is to grow up queer in this country.
The contributors to the book are a veritable who's-who of the glbtq literary world, including such writers as Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Howard Cruse, Michael Cunningham, Larry Duplechan, Jewelle Gomez, Adam Haslett, Randall Kenan, David Leavitt, David Levithan, Armistead Maupin, J. D. McClatchy, Terrence McNally, Michael Nava, Julie Ann Peters, Christopher Rice, Paul Rudnick, Jacqueline Woodson, and Doug Wright.
The book is published by Arthur Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Press. It may be found at good bookstores, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com, as well as here