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.
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.
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.
Olympian Brian Orser, known for both his athleticism and artistry, led a resurgence of Canada as a force to be reckoned with in men's figure skating; after being outed in a palimony suit, he has become an advocate for glbtq rights.
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.
Handsome, athletic, graceful, and charismatic, actor Errol Flynn was widely rumored to enjoy sexual relations with men as well as women.
In nineteenth-century America men who loved other men often suffered from guilt, but artists such as Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins celebrated male camaraderie and affection, while expatriate John Singer Sargent depicted the dandy, and photographs documented male friendships.
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.
Legendary activist David Mixner has endorsed Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn in her quest for election as Mayor of New York City. Mixner made the enthusiastic and unqualified endorsement in a video posted on his Live from Hell's Kitchen blog. Mixner praises Quinn's "persistent and passionate leadership" over the years, including during the AIDS crisis and in the struggle for marriage equality.
Mixner, who has been described as "one of the great activists of our time," has been fighting for gay and lesbian rights since the 1970s, when he led the Southern California campaign against the Anita Bryant-inspired Briggs Initiative that would have banned gay teachers in the state's public schools. He subsequently helped mobilize the glbtq community on behalf of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, only to break with the newly-elected President over his "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy. Along with Cleve Jones, Mixner led the National Equality March on Washington on October 11, 2009. He is one of the founders of the Victory Fund.
Christine Quinn, the first woman, the first openly gay person, and the first Irish-American to serve as the Speaker of the New York City Council, is vying to also become the first openly gay person to serve as Mayor of New York.
Quinn is in a tight race for the Democratic nomination. The primary election will be held on September 10, 2013. If no candidate obtains 40% of the vote, a runoff between the top two finishers will be held on October 1. The general election is scheduled for November 5.
If Quinn succeeds, she will join Houston's Annise Parker as one of two openly lesbian mayors of large American cities.