Long-distance swimmer and respected sports commentator has in more recent years spoken out on issues of glbtq rights.
Indian playwright, screenwriter, dancer, director, and actor Mahesh Dattani is an important figure in South Asian gay culture by virtue of his recurrent depiction of queer characters.
Entertainer Josephine Baker achieved acclaim as the twentieth century's first international black female sex symbol, but kept carefully hidden her many sexual liaisons with women, which continued from adolescence to the end of her life.
American painter Paul Cadmus is best known for the satiric innocence of his frequently censored paintings of burly men in skin-tight clothes, but he also created works that celebrate same-sex domesticity.
San Francisco visual artist Jerome Caja is known for his small, sensuous combinations of found objects, which he painted with nail polish, makeup, and glitter, as well as for his drag performances.
Although sparse in images documenting the gay community, pre-Stonewall gay male photography blurs the boundaries between art, erotica, and social history.
Female impersonation need say nothing about sexual identity, but it has for a long time been almost an institutionalized aspect of gay male culture.
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.
Congratulations to Edith Windsor, who was designated "second runner-up" for Time's annual "Person of the Year" honor. Pope Francis was predictably chosen for the title, but "unlikely activist" Edith Windsor was recognized for the judicial odyssey that began in 2010, when she sued the government for a $363,053 refund of the estate taxes she had to pay when her spouse died, and that culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling of June 26, 2013 that declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
Windsor is the subject of a wonderful essay by Eliza Gray that may be found here.
In an email sent to Joe Jervis of the Joe.My.God blog, Windsor responded to the recognition as follows: "I am honored that Time chose me as one of the number 3 individuals in the top 5 nominees for 'Person of the Year,' but I am just one person who was part of the extraordinary and on-going fight for marriage equality for all our families. There are thousands of people who helped us come this far and we still have a lot more work to do."
She continued, "The gay community is my 'person of the year' and I look forward to continuing to fight for equal rights and educate the public about our lives alongside my gay brothers and sisters and our allies. Even without taking the 'Person of the Year' even being in the top 5 is an extraordinary way to end a year that has been historic for all of us and truly spectacular for me and gave me the chance to tell my story via Time through an interview and audio interview with photo slideshow. Thea would be thrilled, proud and so happy to see what we have all accomplished together."
Windsor has also launched a new website about her life and the struggle for marriage equality, which may be accessed here.
Below is a moving video in which Windsor reminisces about her long love affair with Thea Spyer.