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.
Apple CEO Tim Cook was one of the fifty on the list. Photograph by Haotian0905 (CC BY-SA 3.0).
On April 10, 2013, Out published its seventh annual ranked list of 50 gay men and women whose power and prestige influence the way Americans think about--and engage with--the world. Leading the "Power 50" list are Apple CEO Tim Cook, talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, television producer Ryan Murphy, political analyst Rachel Maddow, and television journalist Anderson Cooper.
The list may be found here. Heavily tilted toward entertainment and media figures and overwhelmingly white and male, it is a strikingly non-diverse list. The choices say more about Out and its celebrity obsession than it does about the richness of the glbtq community or, indeed, much about power and influence.
The list includes many of the "usual suspects," such as philanthropists David Geffen and Tim Gill, politicians Tammy Baldwin, Annise Parker, Christine Quinn, Mark Takano, David Cicilline, and Jared Polis, and many Hollywood movers-and-shakers, but only a few activists such as Dan Savage, Evan Wolfson, and Chad Griffin.
Perhaps the most unexpected names on the list include statistics guru Nate Silver, hip-hop musician Frank Ocean, editor-in-chief of Time, Inc. Martha Nelson, newspaper magnate Kevin McClatchey, J. Crew President Jenna Lyons, union leader Mary Kay Henry, White House social secretary Jeremy Bernard, and Google executive Megan Smith.