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.
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.