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.
Happy Mother's Day 2012 to all mothers, gay and straight, dead and alive. As we remember our mothers today, our emotions may run the gamut. If our mothers are no longer with us, today may be a painful day. If our mothers failed to be supportive, the day can also call up decidedly mixed emotions. Still, today is a day to remember our mothers, especially those who have supported and nurtured us.
Today I think especially of mothers like Jeanne Manford, who was so appalled at the failure of the police to protect her gay activist son when he was assaulted that she, along with her husband, began marching in gay pride parades and took action to found the international support organization, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).
Or Judy Shepard who was also hurt into activism. She was transformed by the devastating loss of her beloved son into a crusader against hatred.
For those of us who have lost our mothers, Mother's Day is always complex, as explained in a beautiful column by Frank Bruni in the New York Times.
Some of us have lesbian mothers and some of us are lucky enough to have two lesbian mothers, as videos by Orlando Pride and by Zach Wahls remind us.
Finally, President Obama issued a powerful video celebrating mothers.