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.
A new YouTube channel sponsored by LOGO called Gwistv recently featured Howard Bragman interviewing out newsmen Charles Perez, Don Lemon, and Thomas Roberts. In two videos uploaded on January 18, 2013, Bragman and the veteran newsmen discuss being out in the newsroom and reactions to Jodie Foster's Golden Globe speech.
Bragman, a public relations expert and crisis counselor, has specialized in recent years in helping celebrities come out. He is Vice Chairman of the management company, Reputation.com. Openly gay himself, he has been active in the struggle for glbtq equality and in Jewish causes.
Perez first achieved notice as the host of a nationally syndicated talk show, The Charles Perez Show, which aired from 1994 until 1996. He was co-host of a syndicated news show, American Journal, from 1997 until 1998. More recently, he was the evening anchor for Miami's ABC affiliate, WPLG. In 2009, he was fired from that position after he filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In 2011, he published an autobiography, Confessions of a Gay Anchorman.
Don Lemon, who anchors the prime-time weekend version of CNN Newsroom, publicly acknowledged his homosexuality in his 2011 memoir Transparent. He said he was motivated to come out because of his belief in transparency and also because he was moved by the suicides of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi and other gay youth. He wanted to assure young people in despair because they were bullied that they were not alone. He wrote his book in the hope that "in being honest, I can help others, too."
Thomas Roberts, after 15 years as a television news reporter and a stint on CNN, was named a full-time anchor on MSNBC in 2010. In addition to anchoring his own news show, he frequently serves as substitute newsreader or host on such shows as Today and other NBC programs.
He came out publicly in 2006, after joining the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in 2005. When he appeared as a member of a panel entitled "Off Camera: The Challenge of LGBT TV Anchors" at the association's September 2006 meeting in Miami, his homosexuality became public knowledge.
In the following video, the panelists discuss their experiences as being out in the newsroom.
In the video below, the panel discusses Jodie Foster's Golden Globes speech.