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 Paris Prince and Dr. Ravi Perry, who are the first gay male couple whose wedding is featured in Jet Magazine, the nation's preeminent African-American biweekly. The December 10, 2012 issue of Jet highlights the wedding of Perry, who is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Mississippi State University, and Prince, who is a licensed real estate broker and a compliance officer for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. The couple was married in August at their home in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The feature, JET LOVE, showcases couples and explains how they fell in love. In the case of Prince and Perry, the pair met "while Ravi was studying for his Ph.D. but 300 miles separated them. The fact that Paris never complained about the six hour drive to see his beloved sealed the deal for Ravi."
In its August 8, 2011 issue, Jet highlighted a lesbian couple, Nyema Vernon and Dr. Tenika Jackson, who were married in Burbank, California.
Daryl Hannah, in a posting at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) blog, quotes GLAAD president Herndon Graddick saluting Jet Magazine for its "extensive legacy of covering the lives of LGBT African-Americans" and "for continuing to highlight the diversity of the African-American community."
Perry and Prince are also quoted on the blog: "We are excited and honored to have our wedding featured in the historic yet ever-current JET magazine. Long the hallmark in publishing news, culture, and events pertaining to the black American experience, Jet's publishing of our union is historic."
In the video below, Perry speaks at the first Annual Hispanic Black Gay Coalition Youth Empowerment Conference, explaining the recent progress made by the glbtq community.