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.
David Gerstner (left) and Michelangelo Signorile.
Congratulations to activist and journalist Michelangelo Signorile and his long-time partner film historian David Gerstner, who were wed at New York's City Hall on July 19, 2013. Signorile announced the event by tweeting a photo of the couple with the caption "Just Married. Manhattan City Hall."
Signorile is a prolific, and often provocative, writer and activist whose books and articles, radio show, newspaper columns, and website champion the cause of glbtq rights. He first came to prominence as a result of his role in the debate about "outing" closeted conservatives in the 1990s. He has been called the heir to the "in your face" brand of activism inaugurated by Larry Kramer in the 1980s, though recently he has become a gay establishment figure, himself evidence of the prominence openly gay journalists have achieved as glbtq issues have been embraced by mainstream media.
Signorile is host of a talk show aired on Sirius XM Radio. He is also editor-at-large for the Gay Voices vertical of The Huffington Post, where he writes regularly. He was recently selected to helm an expanded SiriusXM channel dedicated to progressive politics.
David Gerstner is Professor of Cinema Studies at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. He has published widely on the representation of cultural identities in film. Among his books are Queer Pollen: White Seduction, Black-Male Homosexuality, and the Cinematic and Manly Arts: Masculinity and Nation in Early American Cinema.
In the video below, Signorile announces the new Sirius XM channel.