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.
Lady Gaga performing in 2010. Photograph by Flickr contributor Nellyfus (cc by-sa 2.0).
On December 4, 2011, at a gala benefiting the Trevor Project, Lady Gaga was presented the Trevor Hero Award for "being an inspiration to youth and increasing visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community." The pop phenomenon and passionate advocate for glbtq youth recently established the Born This Way Foundation to empower youth to be proud of who they are and to accept others as they are.
"This award means more to me than any Grammy I could ever win," the singer said in accepting her award.
At the event held at the Hollywood Palladium, Google Inc. received the Trevor 2020 Award for "increasing visibility and understanding of LGBTQ issues" for their efforts to improve workplace equality.
The gala featured performances from Miley Cyrus, Mary J. Blige, Lee Ann Rimes, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, and Darren Criss, among others.
The Trevor Project was founded in 1998 by James Lecense, Peggy Rajski, and Randy Stone to address the issue of teen suicide, especially among glbtq youth. The three had collaborated on the 1994 Academy Award-winning short film, Trevor, about a 13-year-old who attempts suicide.
Based in Los Angeles, the educational program has helped youth from all over the United States, especially through The Trevor Helpline, a toll-free suicide-prevention telephone counseling service.
At the gala on December 4, this delightful animated video was premiered: