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.
Thomas Roberts (right) and Patrick Abner at a GLAAD function.
Congratulations to MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts and his long-time partner Patrick Abner, who wed in New York City on September 29, 2012. The rooftop ceremony, at the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel, was officiated by California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who in 2004, when he was Mayor of San Francisco, defied state law by issuing marriages licenses to same-sex couples.
With his marriage to Abner, who works as a community liaison for Merck Pharmaceuticals, Roberts has become the first national news anchor in a same-sex marriage.
According to OnTop Magazine, among the 150 guests attending the wedding were such celebrities as singer Chely Wright, who performed at the event, actress Judith Light, activist David Mixner, CNN anchor Don Lemon, and commentator Meghan McCain. Other attendees include Roberts's MSNBC colleagues Phil Griffin, Tamron Hall, and Chris Jansing, and Good Morning America weatherman Sam Champion.
In August, Roberts told the New York Observer that while he attempts to maintain objectivity in his reporting, when it comes to equality, he is not objective. "I want it for you, for me, for everybody . . . It's written in our Constitution: life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, and what's wrong with talking about that? Nothing."
In 2010, in response to the youth suicide crisis, Roberts contributed an affecting "It Gets Better" video in which he mentions both the Trevor Project and the Point Foundation.