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.
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.
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.
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.
Long-distance swimmer and respected sports commentator has in more recent years spoken out on issues of glbtq rights.
The greatest dancer of his time, Rudolf Nureyev also gave the world a new and glamorous image of a sexually active gay man.
While nude depictions of women appear in most cultures, on both sides of the equator, and in rich variety, lesbian artists have been particularly resourceful in their use of the female nude.
Handsome, athletic, graceful, and charismatic, actor Errol Flynn was widely rumored to enjoy sexual relations with men as well as women.
Celebrants at an election night party on Seattle's Capitol Hill.
Congratulations to Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington, the states that made history on November 6, 2012 by passing marriage equality measures. The videos below record the sweetness of victory.
Mainers voted to authorize same-sex marriage by approving Amendment One. In the video below, campaign manager Matt McTighe of Mainers United for Marriage Equality tells ecstatic supporters that the measure has been approved.
Marylanders approved Question 6, which ratified the marriage equality legislation that was passed earlier in the year.
In the video below, Governor Martin O'Malley addresses the jubilant crowd celebrating the victory.
Voters in Minnesota rejected a constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage.
In the video below, just as campaign manager Richard Carlbom of Minnesotans United for All Families is telling supporters to go home and await the results later on Wednesday morning, he is interrupted with news that the amendment has been defeated.
Washington state approved Referendum 74, which ratified marriage equality legislation that had been passed by the legislature earlier in the year. On Seattle's Capitol Hill, supporters of Referendum 74 celebrate their anticipated victory, which was not officially called until Thursday.