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.
Lady Gaga sings the national anthem at New York City's Pride festival.
In light of the recent advances toward achieving equal rights in the United States, the celebration of America's Independence Day is all the sweeter in 2013. In recognition of the Fourth of July, we offer several strikingly different music videos appropriate to the holiday.
In the following video, Lady Gaga sings the national anthem at the 2013 New York City Pride festival.
The most beloved of American patriotic songs is "America the Beautiful," which was written by lesbian poet and educator Katherine Lee Bates. In the following video, Beyonce sings the song at President Obama's 2008 inauguration.
In the video below, Adam Lambert sings "A Change Is Gonna Come" against a background that includes quotations from Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Obama and images from the gay rights movement.
Steve Grand's remarkable (and remarkably homoerotic) new video about a young man's unrequited love for an "All American Boy" captures his longing for a time when "Everyday's the Fourth of July."
On June 26, 2013, the "day of decision" when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings, the Washington, D. C. Gay Men's Chorus sang "Make Them Hear You" on the steps of the Supreme Court building.