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 November 12, 2011, Judge Deborah A. Batts and Dr. Gwen Zornberg were wed in Washington, D.C. at the St. Gregory Hotel. The ceremony was officiated by Emily C. Hewitt, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Judge Batts became the first openly gay federal judge upon her appointment by President Clinton to the U.S. District Court in New York in 1994.
Dr.Zornberg is a lead medical epidemiologist for the Food and Drug Administration.
Judge Batts is known for her reticence about her private life. She has acknowledged that being a lesbian is "definitely an important part" of her life, but has added that it is only one important part of her life, saying, "I am also a very devoted mother, I'm an attorney, a former prosecutor, I'm an African-American."
Now she can add that she is also a legally-wed spouse.