Known as the Salome Dancer, Maud Allan's dancing career was ruined by a libel suit. She ended up settling down with her lover, Verna Aldwich, and teaching dance to children.
Bill Tilden turned tennis from a sissy sport into a game for athletes. Ironically, he was later ostracized for being a sissy himself, though he has always been considered one of the greats of tennis.
19th century American actress Charlotte Cushman wasn't just one of the greatest dramatists on stage of her day, her many lesbian relationships were full of a lot of private drama as well.
Chicago Sun-Times and WFMT radio classical music critic Andrew Patner talks about singing in children's choirs and the importance of seeing the famous double portrait of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears when he was 12.
Father of the Harlem Renaissance Alain Locke influenced a wide range of writers, artists and musicians. He was also a closeted gay man, which isn't mentioned in most history books.
Greek-American conductor Dmitri Mitropoulos was music director of the New York Philharmonic from 1951-1957. He was succeeded by his protege Leonard Bernstein, with whom he had an affair.
The groundbreaking 1926 short story "Smoke, Lilies and Jade" was published in the single issue of the Harlem Renaissance literary magazine Fire!!. Bruce Nugent's experimental gem uses stream of consciousness and ellipsis to great effect in this early gay love story.