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.
Mike Buonaiuto explaining the Out4Marriage project.
Out4Marriage.org is a YouTube project that spotlights why individuals support marriage equality. Modeled on Dan Savage and Terry Miller's "It Gets Better" project that reassures young people that things will get better in the future, the Out4Marriage project was conceived in support of the campaign to change the law to allow same-sex couples to marry in the United Kingdom.
The project was conceived by PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen and Mike Buonaiuto, the director of "Homecoming," a moving Coalition for Equal Marriage video that went viral almost as soon as it was released.
Although the campaign was only launched a few weeks ago, already high-profile politicians and celebrities have made videos in which they explain why they are "coming out for marriage."
The videos that have been made so far concentrate on the campaign for equal marriage in the United Kingdom, but the YouTube project is expected to eventually go global.
In the video below, Mike Buonaiuto explains the project.
In the video below, the UK Home Secretary Theresa May explains why she is out4marriage.
Former Home Secretary, Justice Minister, and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw is also out4marriage.
In the following video, gay activist and human rights hero Peter Tatchell explains why he is out4marriage.
Equality Minister Lynn Featherstone is also out4marriage.
Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert explains why he is out4marriage.
Actor and Member of the European Parliament Michael Cashman is out4marriage.
Other videos may be found here.