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.
May the Holiday Season be rewarding and fulfilling for all of us. Here is some music to get you into the spirit of the season.
In this video, John Barrowman says "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas":
Melissa Etheridge covers John Lennon's "Happy XMas (War Is Over)":
Here the London Gay Men's Chorus's sings "Coming Out at Christmas":
The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus performs "We Are Lights," the Chanukah Song:
Chris Colfer and Darren Criss in "Baby, It's Cold Outside":
The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles performs "Chanukah in Santa Monica":
The Seattle Gay Men's Chorus performs "Scrooge's Carol":
k. d. lang sings Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah":
Joan Baez sings the Cherry Tree Carol:
Sam Harris says "Merry Christmas, Darling" and "Get Here":