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.
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.