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.
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.