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.
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.