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.
We wish you all a happy and prosperous new year. May 2013 bring us closer to equal rights under the law everywhere and may we all realize our fondest hopes and dreams.
The Portland Gay Men's Chorus, joined by soprano Dru Rutledge, asks "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"
Chely Wright and the Indigo Girls remind us that "It Really Is a Wonderful Life."
George Michael and Elton John plead "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
Sweet Honey in the Rock vows "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round."
Adam Lambert promises "A Change Is Gonna Come."
Auld Lang Syne and fireworks from London.