Openly homosexual personalities such as Nathan Lane, Rosie O'Donnel, Frank Kameny, and RuPaul as well as such closeted figures as Liberace and Paul Lynde have influenced American perceptions of glbtq people.
In the past, television dramas, news programs, sitcoms, soap operas, and talk shows have treated glbtq issues inadequately or in stereotyped ways, though there have recently been signs of improvement.  view feature
Many colleges and universities have grown more responsive to glbtq issues during the last thirty years as a result of the efforts of glbtq students, staff, and faculty. While the campus climate has improved at many U. S. institutions, some harassment persists.
In its first century of existence, Gay Male Autobiography has become increasingly open, frank, and unapologetic. Gay autobiography has inspired solidarity because it emphasizes both the uniqueness and the commonalities of the coming out experience, as well as the peculiarities and the mundanities of gay lives.
Lesbians and gay men have often served honorably in their nations' armed services, and some have been prominent military leaders. Officially-sanctioned homophobia has often made such service difficult and sometimes impossible.
America's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy and some other countries' exclusion of gay and lesbian service members continue to devastate many lives today.
India, the largest nation in South Asia, is extremely diverse culturally. Indian thought about sexuality and gender has been shaped by many factors, including religious and ethnic traditions. Historical evidence suggests considerable social acceptance of sexual diversity in ancient times, but India appears to be less tolerant today than it was in the past.
During the modern era, homosexual themes and characters were only rarely depicted in dramatic works. Official censorship of the theater caused most dramatists to encode homosexual content in publicly-presented plays.
Both male and female homosexuality or homosexual elements appear throughout the broad scope of ghost and horror fiction and in horror films. Particularly since the nineteenth century, ghosts, goblins, witches, vampires, and other demonic creatures symbolize the radically different and are ascribed thoughts and deeds that are marginalized or suppressed in daily life.