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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But since 2011, TV has mirrored the upheaval in the region, with provocative story lines that touch on issues such as religious hypocrisy, corruption and homosexuality. Rachel Scheier, latimes.com, "'It's like the Super Bowl, but it lasts a month': Egyptian TV's big Ramadan blowout," 11 June 2018 The blog, for a community college government class, includes links to classmates’ blogs and posts about capital punishment, homosexuality and terrorism. San Antonio Express-News, "Austin bomber was quiet, normal, friends and family say," 21 Mar. 2018 The blog, for a community college government class, includes links to classmates' blogs and posts about capital punishment, homosexuality and terrorism. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Austin bomber seemed quiet, normal to friends and family," 21 Mar. 2018 Russia, one of the most controversial countries on the planet, has consistently been criticised for its stance on all aspects of equality, and there have been plenty of threats towards homosexuality in the build-up to the tournament. SI.com, "Gay Couple Left With Brain Injuries Following St Petersburg Attack Ahead of World Cup Kick Off," 14 June 2018 Examples include laws that ban positive portrayals of homosexuality in public schools, and police unions urging their members to retaliate against private citizens who have lodged complaints of misconduct. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "The Free Speech Grifters," 19 Mar. 2018 The dominance of the Catholic Church over state institutions was beginning to fall away, homosexuality was decriminalized, divorce became legal, and contraception was made widely available for the first time. Jamie Hawkesworth, Vogue, "Saoirse Ronan on Growing Up on Camera, the Changing Politics of Ireland, and Becoming a Queen," 11 July 2018 While homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, homophobia and anti-gay beliefs still persist throughout the country. NBC News, "Russia registers its first same-sex marriage — by mistake," 30 Jan. 2018 But acceptance of homosexuality eroded when the British settled in India, bringing with them laws that reflected a rigid, Victorian morality. New York Times, "India’s Supreme Court Considers Decriminalizing Gay Sex," 10 July 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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