Long-distance swimmer and respected sports commentator has in more recent years spoken out on issues of glbtq rights.
Indian playwright, screenwriter, dancer, director, and actor Mahesh Dattani is an important figure in South Asian gay culture by virtue of his recurrent depiction of queer characters.
Entertainer Josephine Baker achieved acclaim as the twentieth century's first international black female sex symbol, but kept carefully hidden her many sexual liaisons with women, which continued from adolescence to the end of her life.
American painter Paul Cadmus is best known for the satiric innocence of his frequently censored paintings of burly men in skin-tight clothes, but he also created works that celebrate same-sex domesticity.
San Francisco visual artist Jerome Caja is known for his small, sensuous combinations of found objects, which he painted with nail polish, makeup, and glitter, as well as for his drag performances.
Although sparse in images documenting the gay community, pre-Stonewall gay male photography blurs the boundaries between art, erotica, and social history.
Female impersonation need say nothing about sexual identity, but it has for a long time been almost an institutionalized aspect of gay male culture.
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.
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.