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 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.