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.
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.