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.
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.