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 George Chauncey and Ron Gregg, who were married in New Haven, Connecticut on June 12, 2014. The grooms are prominent academics who teach at Yale. They have been partners for twenty years.
The New York Times reports that Chauncey and Gregg were married by a justice of the peace at New Haven City Hall.
Chauncey is the Samuel Knight Professor of History and American Studies at Yale. He received his B.A. (1977) and Ph.D. (1989) in history from Yale. Before returning to Yale in 2006, he taught at the University of Chicago, where he rose from Assistant Professor to Full Professor.
Chauncey is author of Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (1994) and Why Marriage? The History Shaping Today's Debate Over Gay Equality (2005). He has testified as an expert witness in several marriage equality cases, including Perry v. Schwarznegger, as the Proposition 8 case was then known, and Windsor v. United States, the successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. He also organized the Historians' Amicus Brief, which was influential in the Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas, which invalidated sodomy laws in the United States
Ron Gregg is Senior Lecturer and Programming Director in the Film Studies Program at Yale University. As a Senior Lecturer, he teaches courses on queer cinema (both Hollywood and avant-garde), classical Hollywood, and the impact of globalization and digital technology on recent Hollywood film.
As Programming Director, he organizes an annual series of campus visits and workshops by filmmakers and scholars and also works with other faculty to organize major film conferences and other events.
A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, Gregg holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Before joining the Yale faculty, he taught film history at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, St. Cloud State University, and Duke University.
He has published articles on topics ranging from MGM's management of the image of its 1920s gay star William Haines to queer representation in the competing videos produced during Oregon's 1992 anti-gay rights ballot measure campaign. He has also curated film and video programming for the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the South African Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Chicago's Gerber-Hart Gay and Lesbian Library, and the University of Chicago Lesbian and Gay Studies Project.
In the New York Times video below, Chauncey and Gregg recount their falling in love and discuss their decision to marry.
In the video below, Chauncey discusses the influence of the Civil Rights Movement on the glbtq rights movement.
In the video below, Gregg discusses the glbtq studies courses he teaches at Yale.