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.
Acclaimed ballet dancer Alexander Grant (1925-2011) died on September 30, 2011 in London. Especially known for his character roles in ballets by Frederick Ashton, Grant was a member of the Royal Ballet from 1946 to 1976, and served as artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada from 1976 to 1983. In 1969, he was described by New York Times critic Clive Barnes as "one of the few great, as opposed to merely magnificent, dancers of our time." He is survived by Jean-Pierre Gasquet, his partner of 54 years.
Grant appears in this undated archival film: