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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.
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.