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.
Sgt. Donna R. Johnson.
Sgt. Donna R. Johnson was killed on October 1, 2012 when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a motorcycle packed with explosives into a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol in Afghanistan. She and two other members of the North Carolina National Guard were among 14 killed in the attack.
Sgt. Johnson joined the guard in August 2006 and was deployed in Iraq from 2007 to 2008. Among her awards and decorations are the Combat Action Badge, Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.
"We are still grieving for these soldiers, their families and their unit members still carrying on with their mission," said Maj. Gen. Gregory A. Lusk, adjutant general of the North Carolina National Guard. "They were the embodiment of citizen soldiers who put everything on hold to go in harm's way for all of us. They will be remembered and sorely missed."
The American Military Partner Association Facebook page identifies Sgt. Johnson's wife as Tracy Dice.
The post says, "In days to come, the American Military Partner Association will be sharing more of the story of Donna & Tracy and their commitment to each other and our nation. We ask for your continued thoughts, prayers, and privacy for Tracy and her family during this difficult time."
Dice also serves in the military, according to North Carolina TV station WRAL. Rene Johnson, Sgt. Johnson's sister, told WRAL that the couple had been together for several years, long before "don't ask, don't tell" was repealed.
"She is a soldier," Rene Johnson said of her sister. "She went over there to fight, not because she was gay or because she was lesbian."
The WRAL report is below.
Below is a tribute from Fallen Soldiers.