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.
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.