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.
As the United States makes progress toward equal rights for all, the celebration of America's Independence Day is all the sweeter in 2014. In recognition of the Fourth of July, we offer several strikingly different music videos appropriate to the holiday.
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 the conclusion of President Obama's 2012 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) 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.
In the following video, Lady Gaga sings the national anthem at the 2013 New York City Pride festival.