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.
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.