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.
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.