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.
Klaus Wowereit. Photograph by Oliver Wolters (CC BY-SA 3.0).
Congratulations to Klaus Wowereit on his election to a third five-year term as Mayor of Berlin. In the Berlin city-state election on September 18, 2011, Wowereit led the center-left Social Democratic Party to victory.
The success positions Wowereit as the Social Democrats' leading candidate for Chancellor in the federal elections of 2013.
Analysts attribute Wowereit's reelection to his personal popularity. The Mayor, who came out in 2001 at a party conference prior to his election by declaring, "I'm gay, and that's a good thing," is credited with helping to turn Berlin into one of Europe's top cultural hubs over the last decade.
Wowerit is one of a handful of openly gay or lesbian mayors of major cities. Among them are Bertrand Delanoë of Paris, Annise Parker of Houston, Samuel Adams of Portland, Oregon, and Jim Gray of Lexington, Kentucky.
Their numbers may soon be increased. Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn is expected to make a strong bid to become mayor of her city, former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Bevan Dufty is running to become his city's first openly gay mayor, and London's highest ranking police official Brian Paddick has recently announced his candidacy for mayor.