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.
David Boies (left) and Theodore Olson. Photographs by David Shankbone.
On August 8, 2011, the American Bar Association bestowed its highest honor, the ABA Medal, on David Boies and Theodore Olson, lead counsel in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8. Boies and Olson, who opposed each other in the court case that decided the 2000 Presidential election, Gore v. Bush, were described by ABA president Stephen Zack as "forces of nature" when they work together. Zack noted that their work on the Proposition 8 case has changed the national dialogue on marriage equality.
The ABA Medal is awarded only in years when the ABA Board of Governors determines a nominee has provided exceptional and distinguished service to the law and the legal profession. Among previous recipients are legendary justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Felix Frankfurter, Thurgood Marshall, William J. Brennan Jr., Sandra Day O'Connor, and Anthony Kennedy. The award to Boies and Olson is the first time the ABA Medal has been bestowed jointly on two attorneys.
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