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.
Thomas Roberts (right) and Patrick Abner at a GLAAD function.
Congratulations to MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts and his long-time partner Patrick Abner, who have announced that they will wed in late September in Manhattan.
As reported by Daniel D'Addario in the New York Observer, the couple, who met in 1999 and have been partners since 2000, plan to invite about 150 guests.
In 2005, before he was publicly out, People magazine offered to include Roberts among the publication's "50 Sexiest Bachelors." He turned down the offer: "I'm not a bachelor," he later explained. "I thought it would be false advertising. . . . and I didn't think it would be the right venue to talk about it."
In 2006, however, Roberts appeared as a member of a panel entitled "Off Camera: The Challenge of LGBT TV Anchors" at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association meeting in Miami. He thus became the first out national television news anchor and quickly became a gay celebrity.
With his marriage to Abner, who works as a community liaison for Merck Pharmaceuticals, Roberts will become the first national news anchor in a same-sex marriage, unless, of course, he is beaten to the altar by Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, or Jane Velez-Mitchell.
Roberts admitted to D'Addario that while he attempts to maintain objectivity in his reporting, when it comes to equality, he is not objective. "I want it for you, for me, for everybody . . . It's written in our Constitution: life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, and what's wrong with talking about that? Nothing."
In 2010, in response to the youth suicide crisis, Roberts contributed an "It Gets Better" video in which he mentions both the Trevor Project and the Point Foundation.