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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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 Society at that time had a pervasively intolerant view of homosexuality, so these raids were acceptable and not questioned by the public. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 12 June 2018 NEW DELHI - Gay people in India face deep-rooted trauma and live in fear, the Supreme Court said on Thursday before deciding whether or not to scrap a colonial-era ban on homosexuality. NBC News, "Gay sex not an aberration, Indian judge says ahead of ruling on homosexuality ban," 12 July 2018 Spacey came out as gay in a public response to the accusations, igniting outrage that the actor would draw connections between homosexuality and pedophilia — a false argument that was historically used to support persecution of the gay community. Anna Millard, refinery29.com, "Kevin Spacey Accused Of Sexual Assault By 3 More Men," 4 July 2018 It is embraced by some religious and conservative groups, such as the California Family Council and the Pacific Justice Institute, which say the therapy offers an option to people who believe homosexuality and being transgender are immoral. Robbie Short, SFChronicle.com, "‘Conversion therapy’ for gays would be sharply limited under California bill," 1 July 2018 Historically, China has had a fitful relationship with homosexuality. Charlie Campbell / Shanghai, Time, "'We’ll Just Keep on Marching.' Tenth Shanghai Pride Spotlights China's Changing Attitudes Toward Gay Lifestyles," 15 June 2018

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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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