Long-distance swimmer and respected sports commentator has in more recent years spoken out on issues of glbtq rights.
Indian playwright, screenwriter, dancer, director, and actor Mahesh Dattani is an important figure in South Asian gay culture by virtue of his recurrent depiction of queer characters.
Entertainer Josephine Baker achieved acclaim as the twentieth century's first international black female sex symbol, but kept carefully hidden her many sexual liaisons with women, which continued from adolescence to the end of her life.
American painter Paul Cadmus is best known for the satiric innocence of his frequently censored paintings of burly men in skin-tight clothes, but he also created works that celebrate same-sex domesticity.
San Francisco visual artist Jerome Caja is known for his small, sensuous combinations of found objects, which he painted with nail polish, makeup, and glitter, as well as for his drag performances.
Although sparse in images documenting the gay community, pre-Stonewall gay male photography blurs the boundaries between art, erotica, and social history.
Female impersonation need say nothing about sexual identity, but it has for a long time been almost an institutionalized aspect of gay male culture.
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.
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.