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.
In an interview with RadioLive NZ, Prime Minister John Key said that he will vote in favor of a private members bill allowing same-sex couples to wed. He said that he will allow a conscience vote on the measure, which would permit members of his center-right government to make independent decisions as to how they vote on the bill.
According to the Australian website newscom.au, the Prime Minister said, "My view has been that if two gay people want to get married then I can't see why it would undermine my marriage."
He acknowledged, however, that "There will be plenty of people in our caucus who will be deeply opposed--particularly the very religious ones, and I can understand that."
New Zealand currently offers offers same-sex couples civil unions that provide the same legal rights and responsibilities as marriage. Key, who voted against the civil unions bill in 2004, said in 2008 that he saw no need to go beyond civil unions.
However, in response to the announcment of President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage, and perhaps more importantly to polls that indicate that more than 60% of New Zealanders support same-sex marriage, Key announced on May 11, 2012, that he "was not opposed to same-sex marriage."
The bill that will be debated in New Zealand's Parliament was introduced by Labour MP Louisa Wall. It is believed that all 14 Green MPs and most of the 34 Labour MPs will vote in favor of marriage equality. The 3 Maori Party MPs are also expected to support marriage equality. Key's National Party has 59 seats in the 121-member assembly, with the remainder divided between 5 minor parties. It is expected that on a conscience vote some National Party MPs will follow the Prime Minister's lead. The question is whether that will be sufficient to reach the 61 votes needed for passage.
The video below, from Wellington's One News TV, reports on the marriage equality bill. The report was made on July 26, 2012, before Prime Minister Key's announcement of his support.