Art remains one of the freest and most open-ended forms of expression in contemporary society. That’s good news for gay people, and gay art gives us all the chance to express ourselves freely.

Gay art has an affect on queer society. A visual image or an outrageous dance performance can speak volumes about the gay experience. Gay people have always felt at home in the arts. While gay artists have been considered outside the mainstream in decades past, things are beginning to change. The art world has opened its arms to talented gay artists, whose work has moved mountains and sparked new valuable conversations, specifically when the gay community was still reeling from the AIDS crisis.

From inventive Instagram posts to public funding for the arts, underground zines featuring naked men to exclusive exhibits inside a techno dance club, take a look at the gay art that catches our eye.