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.
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