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.
Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry at at a L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center event in 2012.
On April 8, 2013, actress and talk show host Sara Gilbert announced on The Talk that she and rock singer and songwriter Linda Perry are engaged to marry. She described Perry's elaborate and thoughtful proposal in a Los Angeles park. The women have been a couple since 2011.
Gilbert first came to national attention when she was cast in the role of younger daughter Darlene on the long-running television series Roseanne (1988-1997). Gilbert's Darlene was a devilishly sarcastic tomboy who became an immediate favorite with lesbian audiences.
She came out publicly in 2004, when she announced that she and her then-partner, television writer and producer Allison Adler, were in a committed relationship and that they were the parents of a baby boy, Levi Hank Gilbert-Adler. Adler gave birth to the child, who was conceived with the aid of an anonymous sperm donor. In 2007, Gilbert gave birth to the couple's second child.
Since 2010, Gilbert has served as an executive producer and co-host of The Talk. She also appears as a recurring character in the CBS comedy series, The Big Bang Theory.
In 2011, Gilbert announced that she and Adler were no longer a couple.
Linda Perry achieved fame as lead singer and primary songwriter of the San Francisco-based band 4 Non Blondes in the 1990s, but has since become better known as songwriter and producer of hit songs by several other female singers, including Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Courtney Love, among others.
In the clip below, Gilbert describes Perry's proposal.
In the video below, Perry sings her song "Beautiful," which was a huge hit for Christina Aguilera. It was nominated for a Grammy Award as "Song of the Year" in 2004 and won Aguilera a Grammy Award for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance." Perry performed the song on The Talk in May 2012.