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.
Jen Richards of We Happy Trans.
The Trans 100, a list of 100 trans activists, highlights the diversity of transgender people and honors the work of American transgender activists. A project of the websites We Happy Trans and This Is H.0.W., which promote positive images of the transgender community, the Trans 100 documents the diversity of work being done in, by, and for the transgender community while also honoring the brave people who do it.
The list was revealed at a launch event sponsored by the websites and GLAAD and has been published at BuzzFeed.
As Saeed Jones explains at BuzzFeed, "The project received over 500 nominations in December 2012, then narrowed down to spotlight 100 trans artists, educators, activists, and writers." Jones observes that the final list includes "An independent filmmaker in Oakland, the executive director of the only LGBT center in Queens, an advocate for trans students, the first trans reality-television star, trans pioneers, as well as emerging trans voices."
Many well known names, such as Allyson Robinson, Jennifer Boylan, Kate Bornstein, Susan Stryker, Mara Keisling, Janet Mock, and Masen Davis, are among the Trans 100, but the list also includes many young people and others who have not received sufficient public attention.
As Wilson Cruz, actor and strategic giving officer for GLAAD, explains, "While media coverage so often misses the mark on accurate portrayals of trans people, the Trans 100 is changing the game by sharing the inspiring and diverse stories behind trans advocacy."
In the video below, Jen Richards of We Happy Trans explains the Trans 100 project.