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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.
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.
Olympian Brian Orser, known for both his athleticism and artistry, led a resurgence of Canada as a force to be reckoned with in men's figure skating; after being outed in a palimony suit, he has become an advocate for glbtq rights.
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.
Handsome, athletic, graceful, and charismatic, actor Errol Flynn was widely rumored to enjoy sexual relations with men as well as women.
In nineteenth-century America men who loved other men often suffered from guilt, but artists such as Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins celebrated male camaraderie and affection, while expatriate John Singer Sargent depicted the dandy, and photographs documented male friendships.
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.
Journalist Doug Ireland died at his home in New York City on October 26, 2013. As the U.S. correspondent for the French political-investigative weekly Bakchich, Ireland wrote about U.S. politics for French audiences, and as the Contributing Editor of International Affairs for New York's Gay City News, he wrote about international news for American gay readers. His reports on gay topics and culture in Russia, Iran, and Europe earned him a wide readership.
Ireland's death was announced in Gay City News by Paul Schindler, who quotes Ireland's longtime friend Valerie Goodman as saying that he had suffered in recent years from the after-effects of childhood polio and from diabetes and severe sciatica. Though no cause of death has yet been established, Ireland had at least two major strokes over the past several years.
Schindler observes that "Despite chronic, at times debilitating pain and frequent hospitalizations, Ireland remained a dogged reporter and book critic in recent years, writing articles for nearly every issue of Gay City News . . . since mid-2005 and also reporting on American politics for French-language publications in France."
As a young man, Ireland was a prominent member of the leftist group Students for a Democratic Society and an organizer against the Vietnam War.
He began his career in journalism at the New York Post. He subsequently wrote columns for such magazines and newspapers as the Village Voice, the New York Observer, New York magazine, and the Paris daily Libération, as well as POZ, In These Times, and Bakchich.