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.
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."