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 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.