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.
Audrey and Gail.
Glbtq.com wishes everyone a Happy Valentine's Day. Fittingly, on Valentine's Day 2013, the Illinois State Senate passed a marriage equality bill and the Devotion Project released a film introducing us to newlyweds Audrey and Gail.
As Ray Long and Rafael Guerrero report in the Chicago Tribune, the Illinois Senate delivered a Valentine's Day victory to gay and lesbian couples, passing on a 34 to 21 vote legislation that would authorize same-sex marriage in Illinois.
The measure changes marriage in state law from an act between a man and a woman to two people. The legislation explicitly says nothing in the proposed law would force a religious denomination or minster to "solemnize any marriage."
People in civil unions would be able to convert them to gay marriages within a year of a same-sex marriage law going on the books in Illinois.
Senator Heather Steans, who sponsored the measure, argued the legislation is needed because it is time for Illinois to eliminate the "second-class status" of gay and lesbian couples.
Senator Martin Sandoval called this particular Valentine's Day a "day of celebration," saying support for gay marriage is a decisive action to break down barriers that have prevented some Illinois citizens from getting the justice they deserve.
"This is a bill that is a defining moment here in this state," Sandoval said.
Referring to the Roman Catholic hierarchy that strongly opposes the legislation, he added, "our religious leaders have failed us."
The bill now goes to the House, where its passage is expected to be tougher. Governor Quinn supports the bill and will sign it if it reaches his desk.
Another Valentine's Day gift is from The Devotion Project, which produces short documentary films featuring glbtq couples of all stripes.
On Valentine's Day 2013, the Project released a film introducing the charming Audrey and Gail, who recently married.