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.
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.