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.
Virginia Spencer Carr.
Virginia Spencer Carr, a literary scholar best known for her biographies of Carson McCullers and Paul Bowles, died on April 10, 2012 at her home in Lynn, Massachusetts. Carr's 1975 biography of McCullers, The Lonely Hunter, remains the standard work on the writer's life.
Carr's biographies of McCullers, John Dos Passos, and Paul Bowles were characterized by exhaustive research and attention to detail, particularly in discovering the sources of literary works in the experiences of the authors.
After receiving her Ph.D. from Florida State University, Carr taught at a number of colleges and universities, but was especially associated with Georgia State University, where she taught for two decades.
Carr is survived by her partner Mary E. Robbins, three daughters, and seven grandchildren.