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.
On February 1, 2014, Rory O'Neill, whose alter ego Panti Bliss is a well-known drag queen, performance artist, and activist, took the stage of Dublin's Abbey Theatre, to make an impassioned speech about homophobia and the oppression it creates.
The context of Panti Bliss's brilliant response is that several weeks ago, O'Neill, appearing as himself on the national television channel RTÉ, called out a number of public figures--including a Roman Catholic lobbying group--for homophobia.
Those public figures immediately cloaked themselves in the rhetoric of victimology and threatened O'Neill and RTÉ with legal action, claiming to have been injured because they were called homophobes.
Shamefully, RTÉ quickly apologized and paid out a large sum of money to avoid litigation.
More about the controversy, may be found here.
Panti Bliss, however, has not settled. Instead, she took to the Abbey stage to explain exactly how homophobia works.
The video below is must watching.