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.
On April 20, 2013, the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards were held in Los Angeles. The most controversial moment came when the Agent for Change Award was presented to former President Clinton, but the evening included many more highlights, including a rousing speech directed at the Supreme Court by entertainment attorney Steve Warren, who received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which honors an openly glbtq member of the entertainment or media community for his or her work toward eliminating homophobia. His speech and other video highlights are below.
In the video below, host Drew Barrymore opens the awards ceremony.
Steve Warren was introduced by Charlize Theron and Leonardi DiCaprio and proceeded to give a speech in which he called Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a bully and pleaded with Supreme Court Justices Kennedy and Roberts to do the right thing.
In the clip below, Alex Pettyfer, Betty White, and Cloris Leachman come out for equality.
In the following clip, Toby Maguire presents the GLAAD Media Award to Perks of Being a Wallflower as Outstanding Film--Wide Release.
In the clip below, Darren Criss entertains the audience with a version of Carly Rae Jepson's "Call Me Maybe," which also references the Supreme Court.