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.
British gay rights pioneer Allan Horsfall died on August 31, 2012. One of the founders of the Homosexual Law Reform Society, formed in 1958 to campaign for the implementation of the reforms recommended by the Wolfenden Report, Horsfall has been described by Peter Tatchell as the "grandfather of the gay rights movement."
A Labour Party politician, Horsfall served as Councillor for Nelson, Lancashire between 1958 and 1961. During this period, at considerable risk to his position in the Party, he introduced the local Labour party to the ideas of homosexual law reform. In 1959, he introduced a motion to support the decriminalization of homosexuality.
In 1964, Horsfall founded the Manchester-based North-West Homosexual Law Reform committee. As Sarah Leeves explains in PinkPaper, the Manchester organization was Britain's first grassroots, gay-led campaign group. It grew into a national body in 1969, as the Committee for Homosexual Equality and was renamed again in 1971 as the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE).
Under Horsfall's presidency in the 1970s and 1980s, the CHE grew to be the largest gay rights group in the United Kingdom.
In the videos below, from a November 2006 conference, Horsfall explains the progress of gay rights, especially within the Labour Party.