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.
Karen Ocamb after receiving a NLGJA award in 2012.
Congratulations to Los Angeles-based journalist Karen Ocamb. Her remarkable photo-essay at lgbt/pov entitled "Nuance and LGBT-News" not only explains why the glbtq press continues to be necessary even as gay issues are covered by the mainstream press, but it also constitutes a mini-history of glbtq activism in Los Angeles and of Ocamb's own admirable career.
Ocamb's central point is that a gay press is necessary "to provide insight, balance and often accuracy to stories where chasing and grasping nuance is too often perceived as a chore or a luxury to mainstream reporters on deadline."
Active as a reporter of glbtq news since the 1980s, and currently news editor at Frontiers In LA magazine, Ocamb came out in the midst of the AIDS crisis. "I didn't know how to be useful other than to write about what I saw," she states.
By writing about what she saw, Ocamb did something very useful indeed. She recorded with nuance and understanding the struggles and triumphs of the Los Angeles movement for equal rights.
The essay is illustrated by a treasure trove of photographs, most of them taken by Ocamb herself, depicting movement figures such as Robert Hattoy, Harry Hay, Jim Kepner, Morris Kight, Judith Light, Sir Ian McKellen, David Mixner, Paul Monette, Urvasha Vaid, Sgt. Perry Watkins, Winston Wilde, Phill Wilson, Terry Wolverton, and many others.
In the video below, recorded in February 2012, when Ocamb was honored by the National Gay and Lesbian Journalism Association, she explains her continuing enthusiasm for glbtq journalism.