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.
Congratulations to Brian Sims, who on April 24, 2012 won an election that will make him the first openly gay member of the Pennsylvania legislature. In a hotly contested Philadelphia election, Sims defeated incumbent Representative Babette Josephs, who was first elected to the seat in 1985. In the overwhelmingly Democratic district, Sims's primary victory is tantamount to election.
Sims, an attorney and civil rights advocate from Center City Philadelphia, has served as Staff Counsel for Policy and Planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association and recently stepped down as President of the Board of Directors of Equality Pennsylvania.
Chuck Wolfe, president of the Victory Fund, which endorsed Sims, hailed his victory. "LGBT Pennsylvanians will finally have a voice in their state legislature, and what a strong and unyielding voice it will be. We are thrilled for Brian, who ran a remarkable campaign."
At his victory celebration at Woody's bar in Center City, Sims said, "We were the second largest state to never elect an openly gay legislator. I'm excited to get to work."
Sims first gained national attention in 2000, when he came out to his Bloomsburg University football team after helping lead them to the Division II National Championship game as their captain. He remains the only former NCAA football captain to have ever come out, and is one of the most notable collegiate athletes to do so in any sport.
In this video from 2010, Sims tells the story of coming out as a football player.