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.
Congressman Jared Polis.
Congressman Jared Polis and his partner Marlon Reis have announced the birth of their son Caspian Julius on September 30, 2011.
The Colorado Democrat reported that his child was born weighing 8lbs., 12oz. He added, "Baby and parents are doing well, baby has learned to cry already!"
The announcement asked for "No gifts please, just nice thoughts for Caspian, humankind, the planet, and the universe!"
The proud parents have not revealed other details of the boy's conception and birth.
Polis is one of four openly gay members of Congress. The other three are Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, David Cicilline of Rhode Island, and Barney Frank of Massachusetts.
He is co-sponsor of the "Every Child Deserves a Family Act," which is pending in Congress. The bill would prohibit discrimination in adoption or foster care placement based on the sexual orientation, marital status, or gender identity of the potential parent, or the sexual orientation or gender identity of the child.