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.
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.
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.
Olympian Brian Orser, known for both his athleticism and artistry, led a resurgence of Canada as a force to be reckoned with in men's figure skating; after being outed in a palimony suit, he has become an advocate for glbtq rights.
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.
Handsome, athletic, graceful, and charismatic, actor Errol Flynn was widely rumored to enjoy sexual relations with men as well as women.
In nineteenth-century America men who loved other men often suffered from guilt, but artists such as Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins celebrated male camaraderie and affection, while expatriate John Singer Sargent depicted the dandy, and photographs documented male friendships.
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.
Congratulations to Gay & Lesbian Review on its twentieth anniversary. The magazine, which was founded in 1994 as Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review and is now officially known as Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, is celebrating its two-decades of publication with a special issue that is all "all about anniversaries," emphasizing achievements and events from 1944 through 1994, approached from the perspective of 2014.
In the special issue, frequent glbtq.com contributor Raymond Jean Frontain examines the theme of sexual honesty in the work of Tennessee Williams, whose first major work, The Glass Menagerie, was produced in 1944, while Mark Merlis offers a fiftieth-anniversary assessment of John Rechy's City of Night.
Other essays include Darren Patrick Blaney's commemoration of the 1964 production of two landmark gay plays at New York's off-off-Broadway venue Caffe Cino, Lanford Wilson's "The Madness of Lady Bright" and Robert Patrick's "The Haunted Host"; and Patricia Nell Warren's reflection on the "long run" of her beloved 1974 novel The Front Runner.
The thirtieth anniversary of the discovery of the cause of AIDS in 1984 is commemorated in John-Manuel Andriote's "Thirty Years of HIV Research." The twentieth anniversary of the institution of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is acknowledged by Andrew Holleran's memoir of his struggle with whether to "tell" or not when he was called up for the draft in 1967, while the tenth anniversary of the Goodridge decision, which mandated marriage equality in Massachusetts, is marked by Tim Miller's interview with Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry.
The issue also includes an essay by Edmund White about his experience with the American health care system as he recovered from a stroke, and all the regular features of the magazine, including reviews, poems, correspondence, and its annual "In Memoriam."
Congratulations to editor Richard Schneider Jr. and all the contributors and staff members who have made Gay and Lesbian Review indispensable reading for the past twenty years.