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.
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.
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.
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.
Long-distance swimmer and respected sports commentator has in more recent years spoken out on issues of glbtq rights.
The greatest dancer of his time, Rudolf Nureyev also gave the world a new and glamorous image of a sexually active gay man.
While nude depictions of women appear in most cultures, on both sides of the equator, and in rich variety, lesbian artists have been particularly resourceful in their use of the female nude.
Handsome, athletic, graceful, and charismatic, actor Errol Flynn was widely rumored to enjoy sexual relations with men as well as women.
Danish gay activist Axel Axgil died on October 29, 2011 in a Copenhagen hospital following complications from a fall. He was 96. His long-time partner Eigel Axgil preceded him in death. The two, who had been together for 40 years at the time, were among 11 couples to exchange vows on October 1, 1989, when Denmark became the first country in the world to recognize same-sex partnership with almost all the rights extended to heterosexual married couples.
In 1948, Axel, born Axel Lundahl-Madsen, and Eigil, born Eigil Eskildsen, together with several friends, founded F-48 or Forbundet af 1948 (The League of 1948), Denmark's first gay rights organization.
Vivi Jelstrup, a spokeswoman for LGBA Danmark, said Axgil in many ways personified the struggle for gay rights in Denmark.