Although few gay actors have been permitted the luxury of openness, many of them have challenged and helped reconfigure notions of masculinity and, to a lesser extent, of homosexuality.
Lesbian actresses have played a significant role in Hollywood, but their contributions have rarely been recognized or spoken of openly; the "lavender marriage" is by no means a relic of the past.
Considering the unique set of problems facing lesbians who want to produce erotic art for the enjoyment of other lesbians, it is remarkable that so much lesbian erotica has been produced in so brief a time.
Olympian Brian Orser, known for both his athleticism and artistry, led a resurgence of Canada as a force to be reckoned with in men's figure skating; after being outed in a palimony suit, he has become an advocate for glbtq rights.
Although American gay film icon Brad Davis has been described as "the first heterosexual actor to die of AIDS," he was widely known as bisexual within the entertainment community.
Handsome, athletic, graceful, and charismatic, actor Errol Flynn was widely rumored to enjoy sexual relations with men as well as women.
In nineteenth-century America men who loved other men often suffered from guilt, but artists such as Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins celebrated male camaraderie and affection, while expatriate John Singer Sargent depicted the dandy, and photographs documented male friendships.
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.
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).