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.
Congratulations to playwright and activist Larry Kramer and architect David Webster who were married on July 24, 2013 in a New York City hospital room. The ceremony took place in the intensive care unit of New York University's Langone Medical Center, where Kramer has been recovering from surgery for a bowel obstruction.
As reported by Patrick Healy in the New York Times, the couple's original plan was to be married on the terrace of their Greenwich Village apartment with only two witnesses and the officiant, Judge Eve Preminger, in attendance. But that plan was scrapped when Kramaer was hospitalized. Two dozen friends and relatives attended a noontime ceremony in the intensive care unit.
The two men, who dated in the 1970s and have been partners since the mid-1990s, exchanged Cartier rings and extemporaneous vows.
Playwright, novelist, and essayist, Kramer is now best known for his AIDS activism, which included helping found the Gay Men's Health Crisis and the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), as well as for excoriating essays denouncing the failure of government to respond to the AIDS epidemic.
Kramer's best-known plays, The Normal Heart (1985) and The Destiny of Me (1992), chronicle the personal and political responses to the AIDS epidemic, lacerating both the local and national governments for ignoring the devastation of the gay community by the disease.
The Normal Heart won a Tony Award for best revival of a play on Broadway in 2011. A film version of the play is currently underway.
In 2013, Kramer was voted a special Tony for humanitarian contributions.
In the video below, Kramer speaks about the founding of ACT-UP.