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.
Olympian Johnny Weir (right) with husband Victor Vornov at the GLAAD Awards ceremony.
Videos released by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) from the organization's Media Awards celebration in New York City on March 23, 2011 preserve some memorable moments, including Craig Zadan and Neil Meron's acceptance of the Vito Russo Award; Zach Wahls's account of the fallout from his speech to the Iowa legislature on behalf of marriage equality; Josh Elliot's remarks about bullied teenager Jamie Rodemeyer and his father's homosexuality; Carolyn Brown's and Chris Geidner's observations about the importance of gay issues in mainstream journalism and the continuing necessity of specialized glbtq journalism; and newlyweds Johnny Weir and Victor Vornov's comments on GLAAD's work on behalf of marriage equality.
In the clip below, acclaimed producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron accept their much-deserved Vito Russo Award.
In the video below, Zach Wahls speaks about his activism after the video of his speech before the Iowa legislature went viral in 2011 to become one of the most viewed YouTube clips of the year and the questions he has received about his lesbian mothers.
In the video below, ABC newsman Josh Elliot accepts the award for "Outstanding TV Journalism Segment" for "Battle against Bullying," a story about the suicide of teenager Jamie Rodemeyer, on ABC News with Diane Sawyer. In his acceptance speech, Elliot, who appears daily on Good Morning America, reveals that his father was gay.
In the video below, Carolyn Brown of Black Enterprise and Chris Geidner of MetroWeekly accept awards for "Outstanding Magazine Article." Brown was honored for an article about Black professionals in corporate America and Geidner for an article about the history of the Defense of Marriage Act.
In the clip below, Olympian Johnny Weir and his husband Victor Vornov discuss GLAAD's work on behalf of marriage equality.