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 professional bowler Scott Norton, who won the 2012 PBA Chameleon Championship in Las Vegas in November. A sign of progress is that when ESPN broadcast the event on December 30, 2012, the network did not censor the kiss the new champion shared with his husband Craig Woodward. The commentators throughout the broadcast explained Woodward's presence at the event by describing him interchageably as Norton's husband or spouse.
As Jim Buzinski at OutSports explains, "In what might be a first, ESPN this weekend showed an openly gay male pro athlete kissing his husband and they did not shy away from describing the relationship."
Norton won the championship by defeating Jason Belmonte. Upon realizing he had won, he broke down and cried in memory of a friend who had died. He was then shown kissing his husband, Craig Woodward, as they exchanged affectionate words. During the telecast, ESPN's announcers referred to Woodward as Norton's husband or spouse.
Norton was the 1999 U.S. Junior National Bowling Champion and won a World Youth Championships gold medal in 2000. He joined the PBA Tour in 2010 and was named Rookie of the Year after winning the Chameleon Championship in 2010-11.
As Norton told Michelle Garcia of The Advocate in 2011, it is important for him to be openly gay on the tour so he can serve as a role model for fellow gay athletes.
"I am very proud and happy with who I am and who I have become as a person," he added, "and I would hope that this will empower other gay athletes--past, present, or future--to come to terms with the truth about who they are and love themselves for who they are."
He wrote on the PBA website in 2011 that his experience on the tour "surpassed nearly everything I could hope for in terms of acceptance."
In addition to being a professional bowler, Norton also works as an attorney. His husband is a health care executive.
The kiss may be seen in the video below.