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 we all have a joyous and thoughtful and rewarding holiday season. This year, the American Thanksgiving holiday coincides with the beginning of the Jewish festival of lights, Chanukah. To all a very happy Thanksgiving and a very happy Chanukah.
In commemoration of Thanksgiving, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus presents "My Thanksgiving Prayer" from New World Waking (music by Steve Schalchlin; lyrics by Rev. Peter J. Carman; arranged and conducted by Dr. Kathleen C. McGuire).
In honor of Chanukah, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus with Karen Hart present "Judah and His Maccabees."
On a lighter note, to celebrate the unusual occurrence of Thanksgiving and Chanukah coinciding, Six13, an a capella collective claiming to be "the originators of today's Jewish a cappella sound," have created a "Thanksgivukkah Anthem" (h/t Towlroad.com).