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.
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.