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.
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).