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.
Michael Triplett, President of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), died on January 17, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. An attorney as well as journalist, Triplett was assistant managing editor at Bloomberg-BNA, where he used his legal background to report on tax and labor policy.
A post at the NLGJA blog reports that Triplett had been a member of the organization's leadership team for several years, first as a Washington, D.C. chapter board member and president and then as a national board member and vice president for print before assuming the presidency in 2012.
The post also says that Triplett's "quiet demeanor masked a steely resolve and an uncanny ability to push our organization forward. Michael quickly became someone who could be relied on both to provide sage advice as well as the time and energy to help us accomplish our goals."
Triplett is survived by his partner Jack Squier, as well as his mother and sister and her family and other relatives.
The video below, from 2008, tells the truth about the NLGJA