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.
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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: