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.
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.