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.
On March 18, former Secretary of State and presumptive 2016 Democratic Party Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton issued a full-throated endorsement of marriage equality. The move surprised no one since it has been widely suspected for some time that Mrs. Clinton supports marriage equality. Reportedly, she waited until after her service as Secretary of State to make her position clear since traditionally the Secretary of State remains aloof from domestic politics.
Clinton made the endorsement of marriage equality in a six-minute video released by the Human Rights Campaign. In the video she says that gays and lesbians are "full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship." She adds, "That includes marriage" and clarifies that she supports marriage equality both "personally and as a matter of policy and law."
The announcement fuels speculation that Clinton is considering another run for the presidency in 2016. Other possible Democratic contenders such as Vice President Joe Biden, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley are already on record in support of marriage equality. Her support for same-sex marriage also aligns her position with that of her husband former President Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea Clinton.
Although Mrs. Clinton declined to support marriage equality in her 2008 quest for the Democratic nomination, choosing to support civil unions instead, she has been outspoken in her support for glbtq rights as Secretary of State.
Especially noteworthy was her speech in December 2011 before the United Nations Council on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland in which she called on all nations to respect the human rights of gay people. "Being LGBT does not make you less human," she declared.
In that speech, Secretary Clinton conceded that the United States has its own failings in ensuring equal civil rights for its glbtq citizens, and echoed President Obama's contention that ending discrimination is a common cause for all countries.
Below is the video in which the former Secretary of State unambiguously endorses marriage equality as both a personal and policy position.