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 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.