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 the 44th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, it is well to remember the event that in the popular imagination inaugurated the modern gay rights movement.
On June 28, 1969, a routine police raid of a mafia-run bar in New York City, the Stonewall Inn, sparked a riot that would come to mark the symbolic beginning of the gay liberation movement. The rioting and demonstrating continued for several days and inspired a new militancy in the quest for equal rights.
A month after the Stonewall Riots, the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) was formed. Radical and leftist in orientation, the GLF was but one of many politically focused lesbian and gay organizations that formed in the wake of the riots, both in the United States and around the world.
The number of lesbian and gay publications skyrocketed as well, which led to an even greater sense of community. Homosexuals were no longer strictly marginalized. Lesbians and gay men rapidly developed visible communities in cities across the country and throughout Europe.
Beginning in 1970, marches have taken place in New York City (as well as in countless places worldwide) every year commemorating the Stonewall Riots.
In a new video from Open Road Media, historian Martin Duberman, author of Stonewall (1994), recounts the events of that day and talks about the symbolic significance of that one unifying night.