Although few gay actors have been permitted the luxury of openness, many of them have challenged and helped reconfigure notions of masculinity and, to a lesser extent, of homosexuality.
Lesbian actresses have played a significant role in Hollywood, but their contributions have rarely been recognized or spoken of openly; the "lavender marriage" is by no means a relic of the past.
Considering the unique set of problems facing lesbians who want to produce erotic art for the enjoyment of other lesbians, it is remarkable that so much lesbian erotica has been produced in so brief a time.
Olympian Brian Orser, known for both his athleticism and artistry, led a resurgence of Canada as a force to be reckoned with in men's figure skating; after being outed in a palimony suit, he has become an advocate for glbtq rights.
Although American gay film icon Brad Davis has been described as "the first heterosexual actor to die of AIDS," he was widely known as bisexual within the entertainment community.
Handsome, athletic, graceful, and charismatic, actor Errol Flynn was widely rumored to enjoy sexual relations with men as well as women.
In nineteenth-century America men who loved other men often suffered from guilt, but artists such as Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins celebrated male camaraderie and affection, while expatriate John Singer Sargent depicted the dandy, and photographs documented male friendships.
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.
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.