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.
King Armenius XL.
Congratulations to director Tim Wolff on the release of his documentary film, The Sons of Tennessee Williams. The film tells the story of New Orleans' gay Mardi Gras Krewes, and through their history documents the fight for glbtq liberation in New Orleans.
Combining extraordinary footage of forty years of Mardi Gras balls and interviews with members of the Krewes, including especially glbtq.com contributor Albert Carey, the film demonstrates the seriousness beneath the apparent frivolity of the gay balls, which have come to be a significant element of the New Orleans Mardi Gras scene.
The film places the history of the Mardi Gras balls in the context of a struggle against oppression and reveals a political dimension to a tradition that may seem apolitical in the extreme.
The Sons of Tennessee Williams has been shown at several film festivals and on the PBS channel in New Orleans. It opens in New York at Quad Cinemas on W. 13th Street on October 7th, with a national release planned thereafter.Below is a trailer for the film: