ho·​mo·​sex·​u·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌhō-mə-ˌsek-shə-ˈwa-lə-tē How to pronounce homosexuality (audio) \

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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There is now one fewer country where homosexuality is a crime. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Botswana is the latest African country to scrap colonial-era homosexuality laws," 11 June 2019 Gay-rights groups decried the implication that homosexuality was both a disease and a slur. The Economist, "Politics this week," 8 June 2019 The pages presented in the lawsuit do not include explicit references to homosexuality. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "A gay couple ordered wedding programs. They got pamphlets about Satan, lawsuit says.," 17 Jan. 2018 Stewart notes that the play begins its comeback in the 1890s, when Oscar Wilde was being tried for homosexuality. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Beyond The Favourite: The Royal Family's Very Queer History," 22 Feb. 2019 Eisenhower’s 1953 executive order was really part of a decades-long government assault on homosexuality. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The United States Government's Anti-Gay Lavender Scare, Explained," 26 Apr. 2019 Authorities are cracking down on homosexuality as part of a wider drive against prostitution and immorality. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Tanzania’s anti-gay crackdown," 3 Nov. 2018 Many of Jerusalem's residents are observant Jews, Muslims or Christians, communities that often frown on homosexuality. Caron Creighton, Fox News, "Thousands march in Jerusalem Gay Pride amid surrogacy uproar," 2 Aug. 2018 After graduating high school, Jones attended Boston University through an Air Force ROTC scholarship, which required her to sign a form agreeing not to express her homosexuality. Elizabeth Kuhr /, NBC News, "Texas sees historic number of LGBTQ candidates running for office," 4 June 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 How to pronounce homosexuality (audio) \
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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