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.
Archivist and researcher Dan Luckenbill died on March 25, 2012 in Twentynine Palms, California, where he lived after retiring from the UCLA Library in 2008 after 38 years of service. He curated numerous exhibits and wrote catalogs on lesbian and gay studies at UCLA and on the work of Stathis Orphanos and Ralph Sylvester. He also published essays and gay fiction, as well as a memoir entitled "Isherwood in Los Angeles," which appeared in the Lambda Award-winning collection of essays, The Isherwood Century, ed. James Berg and Chris Freeman (2001).
Luckenbill was born in Decatur, Illinois. He moved to California in 1962, attended Compton Community College and then UCLA, where he received his B.A. in 1966.
He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Field Artillery, in 1967, and served two campaigns in Vietnam. He was recipient of a Bronze Star with a Combat "V."
In 1970, Luckenbill began his career at the UCLA Library and also became a historian and researcher of California history and a participant and historian of the Los Angeles glbtq movement.
He is author of the glbq.com entries on Los Angeles and on Stathis Orphanos and Ralph Sylvester.
Luckenbill served on the Monette-Horwitz Trust Advisory Committee and as secretary of the Board of Directors, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. He also served as president of the Friends of the Twentynine Palms Branch Library and on the Public Arts Advisory Committee for the City of Twentynine Palms.
He is survived by his sister, Dorothy E. Nix, and his niece, Judith, both of Racine, Wisconsin.
A memorial service will be held at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives on May 6, 2012.