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.
Christine Quinn's dream of becoming the first woman and first openly gay Mayor of New York City faltered when she finished third in the Democratic primary of September 10, 2013. Nevertheless, a number of other glbtq candidates triumphed.
Many analysts are blaming Quinn's loss on her close association with Mayor Michael Bloomburg, who became increasingly unpopular in the course of the campaign. Quinn was the front-runner as the campaign began, but progressive voters blamed her for having supported the change in by-laws that allowed Bloomburg to run for a third term in 2009.
As Jim Dwyer analyzes the primary in the New York Times, "She was the target of a million dollars or so of negative ads by a group opposed to the [Bloomburg deal] that called for 'anybody but Quinn.' Instead of becoming the mayor's tacitly anointed successor, Ms. Quinn wound up as his proxy when the Enough of Bloomberg Already moment arrived."
Contributing to Quinn's defeat was the nastiness of the campaign against her. As David Mixner observes at his blog, "The campaign against Quinn was ugly and at times hateful. She deserved better than that strident hateful rhetoric."
Saying that he was honored to have supported Quinn, Mixner described her as "an incredibly talented, progressive and kind human being. We can only hope New York can find ways or perhaps even President Obama to use those talents and that experience."
The good news concerning the mayor's race in New York City is that the two candidates who finished ahead of Quinn in the Democratic primary, Bill DeBlasio and William Thompson, are both strong supporters of equal rights, as is the winner of the Republican primary, Joe Lhota.
The candidate endorsed by the hate group the National Organization for Marriage, Erick Salgado, finished behind Anthony Weiner and received only 2% of the vote in the Democratic primary.
Other good news from the New York election is that gay activist Corey Johnson won a seat on the City Council, capturing the seat Christine Quinn relinquished to run for mayor.
Another openly gay winner is Carlos Menchaca, who also becomes one of the first Mexican-Americans to serve on the New York City Council and the first openly gay Councilman from Brooklyn.
Ritchie Torres will become the first openly gay Councilman from the Bronx.
In addition to the three new openly gay Councilmembers, three openly gay incumbents also handily won their races: Danny Dromm, Jimmy Van Bramer, and Rosie Mendez.
Johnson, Menchaca, Torres, Dromm, Van Bramer, and Mendez will face only token opposition in the general election, so their victories in the Democratic primary are tantamount to election.
Unfortunately, Mel Wymore, the first transgender candidate for the City Council, finished a close second in his race.
The video below reports on the novelty of a lesbian candidate campaigning with her wife in the campaign for New York City mayor.