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.
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.