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.
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.
Liberace was for many the epitome of flamboyant camp, yet he was also a gay man who steadfastly refused to acknowledge publicly his sexual identity.
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.
Although sparse in images documenting the gay community, pre-Stonewall gay male photography blurs the boundaries between art, erotica, and social history.
Many gay and lesbian artists who have defied the legal and social prohibitions against explicit or sympathetic depictions of homosexuality have seen their art censored or suppressed.
Handsome, athletic, graceful, and charismatic, actor Errol Flynn was widely rumored to enjoy sexual relations with men as well as women.
Congratulations to Brand USA for creating an inclusive video to highlight travel in the United States. Established by Congress in the Travel Promotion Act of 2010, the agency was created to launch a global marketing effort to promote the United States as a travel destination. It has released a stunning new video that includes--albeit fleetingly--a gay couple among many ethnicities that constitute the American mosaic. Called "Land of Dreams," the video features Roseanne Cash singing an original song she wrote with John Leventhal.
The gay couple may be seen riding a New Orleans streetcar at 1:16 into the 2:23 minute video.
The ad is scheduled to run in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Japan.
For information about travel experiences in the United States, visit Brand USA's consumer website at www.DiscoverAmerica.com