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.
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.