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.
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