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 July 18, on a vote of 80 to 13, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Obama's nomination of J. Paul Oetken as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Although he will not be the first glbtq judge in the federal judiciary, he is the first openly gay man confirmed as a U.S. District Judge by the Senate. Oetken, who worked in the Justice Department and as Associate Counsel to the President during the Clinton administration, is senior vice president and associate counsel of Cablevision.
Deborah A. Batts, an African-American lesbian, became the first openly gay federal judge upon her 1994 appointment by President Clinton to the U.S. District Court in New York. President Obama's nomination of Edward C. Dumont to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal District has not yet been considered by the Senate. President Obama has also nominated out lesbian Alison Nathan for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; her nomination has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and awaits action by the full Senate.