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.
The glbtq television newsmagazine In the Life has profiled activist John Becker, who went undercover in 2011 to investigate reparative therapy at the Bachmann Clinic. The profile offers an inspiring portrait of a young activist while also detailing the important work of Wayne Besen and his organization Truth Wins Out in combating the harmful effects of the "ex- gay" myth.
Truth Wins Out is a non-profit organization that fights anti-gay religious extremism. It monitors anti-glbtq organizations, documents their lies, and exposes their leaders as charlatans. Its goal is to create a world where LGBT individuals can live openly, honestly, and true to themselves.
Truth Wins Out was founded in 2006 by Wayne Besen, author of Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth (2003). Prior to founding TWO, Besen served as a spokesperson for five years with the Human Rights Campaign.
Visit Truth Wins Out here.
In July 2011, as Representative Michelle Bachmann rose in the polls as a Republican presidential candidate, TWO sent John Becker undercover to test the widely-circulated rumors that her husband Marcus Bachmann's psychological clinic practiced reparative therapy. Becker presented himself as a patient seeking conversion therapy at Bachmann & Associates in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The video below reports on the undercover operation.
The In the Life profile, however, goes beyond the undercover operation to offer a moving portrait of Becker himself and why he is motivated to pursue his activism.