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.
The logo of the Olympic Games.
Congratulations to Stephany Lee who won a place on the United State Olympic Women's Wrestling team in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and then promptly married her girlfriend, Brigg McDonald. As John Branch reports in The New York Times, the serendipity of the Olympic trials being held this year in Iowa, where same-sex marriage is legal, made it possible for Lee to combine her earning a place on the Olympic wrestling team with her wedding.
On Saturday, April 21, 2012, Lee defeated two opponents to win a slot on the team. Among the 13,000 spectators at the event were her partner and her partner's two children. When Lee realized that she had won the trial, she celebrated by doing a twisting flip. At a press conference after her victory, she casually thanked a number of people who had supported her, including "my wife."
Lee and McDonald met in Colorado Springs at the Finish Line Lounge near the United States Olympic headquarters and training center. They have lived together for four years. McDonald's children took part in the brief wedding ceremony in a church in Cedar Rapids.
Lee, who will be among a small number of openly gay Olympians competing in London, has made no secret of her sexuality. She came out to her family in high school. Her parents were not surprised and were supportive.
Although the twenty-seven-year-old athlete is aware that her frankness makes her a pioneer of sorts, she disavows any desire to be a role model or to represent all lesbian athletes.
"I'm not trying to be a spokesperson for lesbians as an athlete," Lee said. "I'm just being me. Whatever comes of it is fine."
However, as Jim Buzinski notes in outsports.com, "By just being herself, Lee is a role model since that's all we can ask of anyone."
If she wins a medal in London, she is likely to gain a great deal of media attention. For now, however, she is content with a wedding ring.
"I wear a ring, and I have been wearing a ring," Lee said before Monday's ceremony. "I know I want to be with [McDonald] the rest of my life. This is a validation of that."