ho·​mo·​sex·​u·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌhō-mə-ˌsek-shə-ˈwa-lə-tē \

Definition of homosexuality

1 : sexual attraction or the tendency to direct sexual desire toward another of the same sex : the quality or state of being homosexual
2 : sexual activity with another of the same sex

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Although declared legal in 1997, homosexuality was still classified as a mental illness until 2001 in China, according to the Guardian. Kelly Gonsalves, Teen Vogue, "Security Reportedly Forcibly Removed Fans From a Dua Lipa Concert," 13 Sep. 2018 The court will resume hearing arguments from groups which support the homosexuality ban on Tuesday. NBC News, "Gay sex not an aberration, Indian judge says ahead of ruling on homosexuality ban," 12 July 2018 And at the hearing, Justice Indu Malhotra noted that homosexuality has been observed in animals, a remark that was interpreted as sympathetic to the petitioners’ case. New York Times, "India’s Supreme Court Considers Decriminalizing Gay Sex," 10 July 2018 Unfortunately, 40 years later, there are still countries in which homosexuality is persecuted, sometimes even by jail sentences, and in which the rainbow flag is forbidden. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "6 activists formed a hidden LGBT rainbow flag with soccer jerseys at the World Cup in Russia," 8 July 2018 From the start, Sora included gay and lesbian content — controversial not just because of its adult nature, but because of attitudes toward homosexuality. Shawn Musgrave, The Verge, "How ICE used an obscure rule to pursue the owners of a Korean porn site," 27 Sep. 2018 The users particularly took issue with the implication that there was a correlation between homosexuality and pornography, seeing the ban as a clear discrimination against homosexuals. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "China's LGBT Community Staged a Massive Protest Against an Online Ban of Gay Content—And Won," 16 Apr. 2018 These dames de voyage were deemed preferable to homosexuality. Waldemar Januszczak, A-LIST, "Kate Moss: The Golden Girl," 1 July 2018 Yet the pope’s stance has encouraged a greater openness to homosexuality among the church’s hierarchy, leading to calls for the appreciation not just of gay people but of gay relationships. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "The Catholic Church’s Looming Fight Over Same-Sex Blessings," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of homosexuality

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ho·​mo·​sex·​u·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌhō-mə-ˌsek-shə-ˈwal-ət-ē \
plural homosexualities

Medical Definition of homosexuality

1 : the quality or state of being homosexual
2 : erotic activity with another of the same sex

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