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.
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."