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.
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.