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.
At 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, December 9, 2012, the new age of marriage equality in Washington state dawned. After learning that Seattle City Hall's marriage docket was overflowing, seven judges in King County volunteered to come into the courthouse to perform marriage ceremonies on Sunday, their day off.
As Dominic Holden observed in The Stranger, "It's almost too perfect," but the first same-sex wedding in the state was officiated by a judge "with the perfect name for the job: Judge Mary Yu."
At 12:01 a.m., Judge Yu married Sarah and Emily Cofer, who were the second couple in line to receive their marriage license on Thursday, December 6. She married several other couples in the early morning hours.
The moving video below, made by Perry Sjogren, captures the joy of newlyweds as they emerge from Seattle City Hall to be greeted by hundreds of happy supporters.
During the December 9, 2012 Holiday Concert of the Seattle Men's Chorus and the Seattle Women's Chorus two couples were wed. Neil Hoyt, member of the Seattle Mens Chorus, and his partner of 23 years, Donald Jenny, were married first. Then Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen, both members of Seattle Women's Chorus, partners for 35 years who received the first marriage license issued on December 6, were married next. Anne Levinson, retired judge and former deputy Seattle mayor, officiated. Dennis Coleman and Rhonda Juliano were witnesses.