Female impersonation need say nothing about sexual identity, but it has for a long time been almost an institutionalized aspect of gay male culture.
Although sparse in images documenting the gay community, pre-Stonewall gay male photography blurs the boundaries between art, erotica, and social history.
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.
Independent films that aggressively assert homosexual identity and queer culture, the New Queer Cinema can be seen as the culmination of several developments in American cinema.
Renowned photographer, teacher, critic, editor, and curator, Minor White created some of the most interesting photographs of male nudes of the second half of the twentieth century, but did not exhibit them for fear of scandal.
The first international fashion superstar, Halston dressed and befriended some of America's most glamorous women.
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.
Film, stage, and television actor Paul Winfield was openly gay in his private life, but maintained public silence about his homosexuality.
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