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.
On October 6, 2012 at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, D.C., Chad Griffin presented the National Equality Award to NAACP President Ben Jealous, who was instrumental in moving his organization to support marriage equality.
Jealous, who became president of the legendary 103-year-old civil rights organization in 2008, led the NAACP to endorse marriage equality in May 2012. As David Edwards reported in The Raw Story on May 21, 2012, when Jealous spoke to reporters about the decision, he became emotional.
"Our calling as an organization is to defend the U.S. Constitution," Jealous told reporters in May. "We are here to speak to matters of civil law and matters of civil rights."
With his voice trembling Jealous said, "I'm a bit moved. My parents' own marriage was against the law at the time and they had to return here to Baltimore after getting married in Washington, D.C. And the procession back was mistaken for a funeral procession because it was so quixotic to people to see all these cars with these headlights on, having to go from one city all the way to the next just so they could have a party after they got married in their own home. This is an important day."
In presenting the award to Jealous on October 6, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin revealed that his very first meeting on the job was with Jealous.