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.
Rep. Carl Michael Sciortino.
Congratulations to Carl Michael Sciortino, Jr. and Francis Pemberton Brown, who were married on October 5, 2013 at the Old South Meeting House, a museum in Boston.
Sciortino is a Massachusetts state representative who was first elected in 2004 when he ran on a platform to preserve the marriage equality ruling, which had been handed down by the state Supreme Court but was under attack by Governor Mitt Romney and other politicians who sought to overturn it with a constitutional amendment. In that campaign, he upset a veteran legislator opposed to marriage equality.
Sciortino is currently running in the Democratic primary for the Congressional seat vacated by Edward J. Markey, who was elected to the Senate in June. He graduated from Tufts and received a master's in public administration from Harvard.
Pem Brown is a strategy consultant who specializes in online fund-raising and campaign advocacy at M&R Strategic Services, a Washington firm that provides campaign strategy and other services to nonprofit organizations. He graduated from Amherst and received a master's degree in public policy from Brandeis.
In his campaign for the Democratic nomination of the Congressional seat vacated by Senator Markey, Scoirtino has received a great deal of national attention for a humorous ad featuring his father Carl Scoirtino, Sr. In the ad, the candidate discusses the difficulty of "coming out" to his father, not as a gay man but as a liberal.
Following the release of the ad, father and son appeared on several national television shows to discuss it. Although the senior Scoirtino is a conservative Republican, he is supportive of his son and attended the wedding.
Below is an ad Representative Scoirtino made during the 2012 presidential campaign explaining Mitt Romney's deplorable record on gay rights in Massachusetts.