For me, ‘a gay who likes machos, facial hair, middle age men, and S&M,’ If I am to look for ideal male beauty in ancient sculpture, I will look to the Farnese Hercules, not the Apollo Belvedere; for an erotic piece I will select Laocoon, not The Capitoline Venus or The Sleeping Hermaphrodite.
[…] It is easy for heterosexuals – who never experience anything that is homosexual – to understand if gays are attracted to men who are ‘as beautiful as women’ or ‘with beauty beyond sexual differences.’ I have no intention to deny it, but it is merely the result of viewing homosexuals or gays from the outside, or the result of surmising abstractly. However, the reality of gay sexuality is far more diverse.
from Gay Erotic Art in Japan vol. 1: Artists from the Time of the Birth of Gay Magazines