Female impersonation need say nothing about sexual identity, but it has for a long time been almost an institutionalized aspect of gay male culture.
Homoeroticism is a prominent presence in neoclassicism, an artistic movement noted for its masculine style, its appreciation of male beauty, and its privileging of ancient Greece and Rome as civilizations to be emulated.
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.
Fears and misconceptions about transgendered and intersexed athletes abound.
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.
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 first international fashion superstar, Halston dressed and befriended some of America's most glamorous women.
Gay, lesbian, and bisexual film directors have been a vital creative presence in cinema since the medium's inception over one hundred years ago.
Congratulations to openly gay journalist Steven Petrow. He has been commissioned to write a new advice column for the New York Times. The column, entitled "Civil Behavior," will appear every other week. Petrow will answer readers' questions about issues of particular interest to glbtq people, as well as their straight friends, co-workers, and family members.
Petrow began his career at The Wall Street Journal and has since held editorial positions at Life magazine, HotWired, Time, and Everyday Health.
He is author of Steven Petrow's Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners (Workman, 2011), The New Gay Wedding (Workman, 2011), and the forthcoming book Digital Manners: Life in An Age Without Rules.
In Petrow's first "Civil Behavior" column, which appeared on September 18, 2012, he gives advice about the role of parents in the wedding ceremony of gay men. It may be read here.
In the column Petrow speaks of "the ritual importance of dancing with family members . . . because it symbolizes the melding of families" and refers to Elliot London's video "The Wedding Dance."