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.
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.