Female impersonation need say nothing about sexual identity, but it has for a long time been almost an institutionalized aspect of gay male culture.
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 Evan Wolfson and Dr. Cheng He, who were wed in New York City on October 15, 2011. Wolfson is a key architect in the struggle to legalize same-sex marriage; He is a molecular biologist. They exchanged vows at Gustavino's, a Manhattan restaurant.
Wolfson and He have been a couple since 2002. They could have married elsewhere earlier, but they decided to wait until they could wed in their own state. Fittingly, Wolfson worked tirelessly to persuade the New York legislature to pass the marriage equality bill that made New York the sixth American state to permit same-sex marriage.
Despite his immersion in the political movement for equal rights, Wolfson emphasizes, "For me, getting married is not about making a political statement; it's about wanting to build a life together, wanting to have protections for one another, wanting to make a commitment in front of your family and friends, just like everyone else."
The couple's wedding is the subject of a New York Times feature story by Nate Schweber, which may be found here: Evan Wolfson and Cheng He.