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.
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.