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.
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.
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.
Olympian Brian Orser, known for both his athleticism and artistry, led a resurgence of Canada as a force to be reckoned with in men's figure skating; after being outed in a palimony suit, he has become an advocate for glbtq rights.
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.
Handsome, athletic, graceful, and charismatic, actor Errol Flynn was widely rumored to enjoy sexual relations with men as well as women.
In nineteenth-century America men who loved other men often suffered from guilt, but artists such as Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins celebrated male camaraderie and affection, while expatriate John Singer Sargent depicted the dandy, and photographs documented male friendships.
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.
Video still from "Homecoming."
The U.K.'s Coalition for Equal Marriage has released a new video to encourage support for the government's plans to institute marriage equality in England and Wales. Directed by Mike Buonaiuto, the short film dramatizes British forces returning home to their loved ones.
A campaign established by partners Conor Marron and James Lattimore, the Coalition for Equal Marriage has become the leading organization campaigning in support of Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to end the ban on civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples. During the government's current "consultation" on marriage equality, the Coalition is urging grassroots support to counter the opposition to equal marriage loudly announced by religious organizations.
Implicit in the film is the argument that if individuals are willing to risk their lives by serving in the British military, they deserve equal marriage rights.
Britain's PinkNews helped make, distribute, and promote the film.
Director Mike Buonaiuto told PinkNews, "One day I would like to marry my partner of almost 5 years. And the celebration of our commitment should mean no more or less than any other straight couple. I made the film to promote change and also inspire others to use their creativity to support equality."
The film stars stage actor James Knight and film actor Lew Smart.
In the video below, director Mike Buonaiuto discusses the making of "Homecoming."