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.
Actor, producer, and screenwriter Wentworth Miller came out publicly in August 2013, when he posted a letter on the GLAAD website in which he declined an invitation to attend the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival because he felt "deeply troubled" by the Russian government's treatment of its gay citizens. In the letter, he identified himself as a gay man. On September 7, 2013, Miller delivered a moving and notably thoughtful address to a Human Rights Campaign dinner in Seattle in which he talked about community and coming out and how he finally reached the conclusion that "I am me" is insufficient.
Miller, who is of a multi-ethnic background, has spoken previously of his difficulty in achieving community. He was born in England to American parents and has lived in numerous countries. He once observed that "My father is black and my mother is white. Therefore, I could answer to either, which kind of makes me a racial Lone Ranger, at times, caught between two communities." In his HRC speech, he elaborates on the difficulty he has had in identifying with the gay community as well.
Miller has earned kudos as an actor in a number of roles, but is best known for his performance as Michael Scofield in Fox Network's television drama Prison Break. More recently, he has concentrated on writing scripts, several of which have been produced.
In Miller's HRC speech, he reveals his suicide attempts as a teenager and explains why he had such a difficult time coming out. The speech is both eloquent and moving.