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.
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.
Olympian Brian Orser, known for both his athleticism and artistry, led a resurgence of Canada as a force to be reckoned with in men's figure skating; after being outed in a palimony suit, he has become an advocate for glbtq rights.
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.
Handsome, athletic, graceful, and charismatic, actor Errol Flynn was widely rumored to enjoy sexual relations with men as well as women.
In nineteenth-century America men who loved other men often suffered from guilt, but artists such as Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins celebrated male camaraderie and affection, while expatriate John Singer Sargent depicted the dandy, and photographs documented male friendships.
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.
Congratulations to gay activist Cleve Jones on his selection as a White House Champion of Change. Jones, founder of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, began his career as an activist for equal rights in the 1970s, when he met Harvey Milk, who became his mentor. Following Milk's election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Jones worked as a student intern in Milk's office.
According to the White House website, the Champions of Change program honors ordinary Americans who do "extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world." Each week a group of Champions are invited to the White House "to share their ideas to win the future."
Jones is scheduled to meet President Obama this week.
John Aravosis at AmericablogGay speculates that Jones may raise the question of Obama's decision not to issue an executive order banning discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
One of the co-organizers of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983 and of the 2009 National Equality March on Washington, Jones works as a community organizer for UNITE HERE, the international union representing hotel, casino, food service and restaurant workers throughout the United States and Canada.
He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and a senior advisor to the Courage Campaign.
In the video below, Cleve Jones discusses how he conceived the AIDS Memorial Quilt project.