Although few gay actors have been permitted the luxury of openness, many of them have challenged and helped reconfigure notions of masculinity and, to a lesser extent, of homosexuality.
Lesbian actresses have played a significant role in Hollywood, but their contributions have rarely been recognized or spoken of openly; the "lavender marriage" is by no means a relic of the past.
Considering the unique set of problems facing lesbians who want to produce erotic art for the enjoyment of other lesbians, it is remarkable that so much lesbian erotica has been produced in so brief a time.
Olympian Brian Orser, known for both his athleticism and artistry, led a resurgence of Canada as a force to be reckoned with in men's figure skating; after being outed in a palimony suit, he has become an advocate for glbtq rights.
Although American gay film icon Brad Davis has been described as "the first heterosexual actor to die of AIDS," he was widely known as bisexual within the entertainment community.
Handsome, athletic, graceful, and charismatic, actor Errol Flynn was widely rumored to enjoy sexual relations with men as well as women.
In nineteenth-century America men who loved other men often suffered from guilt, but artists such as Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins celebrated male camaraderie and affection, while expatriate John Singer Sargent depicted the dandy, and photographs documented male friendships.
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.
The cadet chapel at West Point. Photograph by Ad Meskens (CC BY-SA 3.0).
Congratulations to Larry Choate III and Daniel Lennox, who were married on November 2, 2013 in the cadet chapel at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Choate, class of 2009, and Lennox, class of 2007, were the first male couple to be married at West Point, though two female couples married there in late 2012. Choate and Lennox announced after the wedding that they will hyphenate their last names and henceforth be known as Larry and Daniel Lennox-Choate.
Both men have fulfilled their military obligations and currently live in Boston. Lennox is finishing a master's degree in business administration at Harvard, while Choate works at the Harvard Business School and has applied to Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
The men and their relationship, including their wedding, are the subject of a photo essay in the New York Times, "At West Point: Duty, Honor, Gay Marriage," which features text by Kerri MacDonald and photos by Jill Knight.
MacDonald writes that the two started dating after they met in Seattle last December, when Daniel, who had been deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, was on rest leave.
"They were engaged months later, one night in bed, when an 'abstract' discussion of marriage became a down-on-one-knee proposal. 'I just laid in bed with a big dumb smile staring at the ceiling imagining all of the wonderful things a life with Danny is sure to bring,' Larry wrote on his blog, where he chronicled their wedding preparations."