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.
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.