Homosexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction , or sexual behavior between members of the same sex or gender. It "also refers to a person's sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions. Along with bisexuality and heterosexuality , homosexuality is one of the three main categories of sexual orientation within the heterosexual—homosexual continuum. The most common terms for homosexual people are lesbian for females and gay for males, but gay also commonly refers to both homosexual females and males.
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Societal attitudes towards same-sex relationships have varied over time and place, from requiring all males to engage in same-sex relationships, to casual integration, through acceptance, to seeing the practice as a minor sin, repressing it through law enforcement and judicial mechanisms, and to proscribing it under penalty of death. In a study, Gwen Broude and Sarah Greene compared attitudes towards and frequency of homosexuality in the ethnographic studies available in the Standard cross-cultural sample. They found that out of 42 communities: homosexuality was accepted or ignored in 9; 5 communities had no concept of homosexuality; 11 considered it undesirable but did not set punishments; and 17 strongly disapproved and punished. Of 70 communities, homosexuality was reported to be absent or rare in frequency in 41, and present or not uncommon in It was accepted in some forms in ancient Greece. However, in later cultures influenced by Abrahamic religions , the law and the church established sodomy as a transgression against divine law or a crime against nature. Many historical figures, including Socrates , Lord Byron , Edward II , and Hadrian ,  have had terms such as gay or bisexual applied to them; some scholars, such as Michel Foucault , have regarded this as risking the anachronistic introduction of a contemporary social construct of sexuality foreign to their times,  though others challenge this.
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Terms used to describe homosexuality have gone through many changes since the emergence of the first terms in the midth century. In English, some terms in widespread use have been sodomite , Sapphic , Uranian , homophile , lesbian , gay , and same-sex attracted. Some of these words are specific to women, some to men, and some can be used of either. Gay people may also be identified under the umbrella terms queer and LGBT. Homosexual was coined in
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. As a gay person, I grew up knowing I was different. And many of us are taught that this difference is bad — shameful, deviant, disgusting. We might try to hide it.