Although few gay actors have been permitted the luxury of openness, many of them have challenged and helped reconfigure notions of masculinity and, to a lesser extent, of homosexuality.
Considering the unique set of problems facing lesbians who want to produce erotic art for the enjoyment of other lesbians, it is remarkable that so much lesbian erotica has been produced in so brief a time.
Lesbian actresses have played a significant role in Hollywood, but their contributions have rarely been recognized or spoken of openly; the "lavender marriage" is by no means a relic of the past.
Although American gay film icon Brad Davis has been described as "the first heterosexual actor to die of AIDS," he was widely known as bisexual within the entertainment community.
Long-distance swimmer and respected sports commentator has in more recent years spoken out on issues of glbtq rights.
The greatest dancer of his time, Rudolf Nureyev also gave the world a new and glamorous image of a sexually active gay man.
While nude depictions of women appear in most cultures, on both sides of the equator, and in rich variety, lesbian artists have been particularly resourceful in their use of the female nude.
Handsome, athletic, graceful, and charismatic, actor Errol Flynn was widely rumored to enjoy sexual relations with men as well as women.
Congratulations to U.S. Marine Corps Captain Matthew Phelps and Ben Schock. Captain Phelps proposed to Schock in the White House on December 15, 2012. The couple was on a White House holiday tour when Phelps dropped to his knees and asked Schock to marry him. Although he was surprised by the gesture, Schock happily said yes.
Pictures of the couple in the White House soon went viral in the gay blogosphere and they began receiving greetings and messages.
Later, Phelps wrote in his blog, "Such a special night surrounded by wonderful people in an amazing place, and the best is still yet to come with Ben Schock. Thanks for all the wonderful greetings and messages, and thanks to Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for lending us your home for the occasion!"
The White House proposal was especially appropriate because the couple's first date was to a White House pride reception in June.
As Andy Towle at Towleroad reminds us, last December Captain Phelps blogged about his experience living under Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and then, after the policy was repealed, took a date to the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball. Phelps's blog may be found here.
Phelps and Schock speaks with NowThisNews about the White House proposal in the video below.