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.
Following the lead of Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, who on August 4, 2012 announced that the Australian state would legislate marriage equality, Labor Premier Jay Weatherill of South Australia has announced his support for a marriage equality bill sponsored by the Green Party.
As reported here, Premier Giddings told a Labor Party conference that she had received advice from the Solicitor General that there was no legal obstacle to enacting marriage equality at the state level.
Premier Weatherill made the announcement on the steps of Parliament House in Adelaide during a rally in support of marriage equality. As the Australian Broadcast Corporation reports, he told the crowd that he will support a Greens bill that is currently before State Parliament and will allow Labor MPs to vote their conscience on the issue.
"People should be entitled to express their own identity in any way they wish and the law shouldn't become a barrier to prevent them from doing that," he said. "So from my perspective, it's a simple question of the dignity of the individual."
Greens MP Tammy Franks, the author of the marriage equality bill in the South Australian Parliament, welcomed the Premier's announcement. She says she will bring a vote on the issue to the Upper House in the next session of Parliament.
"What [Premier Weatherill] could do is allow Labor members to co-sponsor the bill with the Greens and I also welcome Liberals if they want to put their hand up," she said.
"We're happy to work together in this parliament for equality for South Australians."
The rally in Adelaide was part of a national day of action in support of marriage equality across Australia. The rallies, which took place in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart, Canberra and Newcastle, in addition to Adelaide, included mass illegal weddings, marches, and the handing over of a petition against former Prime Minister John Howard's 2004 exclusion of same-sex couples in the Australian Marriage Act.
As Christopher Brocklebank reports in PinkNews, the promoters and organizers of the rallies say that the events are intended to demonstrate to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who has remained unbending in her opposition to same-sex marriage, that the determination to overturn the ban will not go away.
Federal Greens MP Adam Bandt told a large crowd in Melbourne that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia was inevitable.
"I know many of you may have woken up this morning and thought, 'How many times do we have to come out before the law is going to change?'" he asked.
"Well, let me tell you," he continued, "it is worth it because you are building up the pressure so much to the point that I feel absolutely confident that sometime soon the dam wall is about to burst."
The video below reports on the rallies in support of same-sex marriage.