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.
Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris.
Congratulations to the winners at the 65th annual Emmy Awards presented on September 22, 2013. The big winners were Breaking Bad, which won in the category of best drama, Modern Family, which won its fourth consecutive Emmy for best comedy, and Behind the Candelabra, a movie about Liberace, which won in the category of best mini-series or television movie.
Behind the Cadelabra won three Emmys on September 22, including one for Michael Douglas as best actor and Steven Soderbergh for best director, but had won eight on September 15, when the Creative Arts Emmys were presented. At 11 Emmys, it was the most honored television production of the season.
Openly gay actor Jim Parsons won his third consecutive Emmy as Best Actor in a comedy series for his role in Big Bang Theory.
The September 22 telecast was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.
The ceremony featured extended tributes to stars and other industry members who died in the past year, including a eulogy for Cory Monteith by his Glee cast mate Jane Lynch. Edie Falco honored her Sopranos costar James Gandolfini, while Rob Reiner remembered Jean Stapleton of All in the Family and Michael J. Fox paid tribute to Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg.
In accepting his Emmy for portraying Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, Michael Douglas paid tribute to Matt Damon, who depicted Scott Thorson. "This is a two-hander and Matt, you're only as good as your other hand," Douglas said, then quipped roguishly, "You want the bottom or the top?"
During the telecast, Sir Elton John paid tribute to Liberace by performing "Home Again" and observing how much the world has changed for gay people in the 25 years since Liberace's death. "What a difference those 25 years have made to people like me . . . and me," said John, referring to the contrast between the closeted Liberace portrayed in Behind the Candelabra and his own freedom to be openly gay.
Below is the official video of John's "Home Again," which he dedicated to Liberace at the Emmys.