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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Fashanu took his own life in 1998, while the issue of homosexuality in the men's game in England (and indeed almost all countries) has seen little progress in the following 20 years. SI.com, "Championship Footballer Set to Come Out as Gay While Jim White Confirms 'Correspondence'," 9 July 2019 Of the more than 70 countries globally that criminalize homosexuality, more than half were once under British dominion. BostonGlobe.com, "Botswana’s High Court decriminalizes gay sex," 11 June 2019 Botswana, like more than half of the countries that criminalize homosexuality, inherited its law from Victorian England. The Christian Science Monitor, "The consciousness of Love, wherever we are," 11 June 2019 In Outrages Wolf uses years of doctoral research in order to trace the rise of the criminalization of homosexuality in Britain. Maris Kreizman, The New Republic, "A Journey With Naomi Wolf," 14 June 2019 Another country is taking issue — and taking action — with Rocketman over its depiction of homosexuality. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Rocketman banned in Samoa over depictions of homosexuality," 11 June 2019 The county is also home to Brigham Young University, owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — a faith that had long disapproved of homosexuality. David Montero, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mormon, Republican and gay: Politician Nathan Ivie breaks new ground for Utah," 10 June 2019 And one of those students is our narrator, who has trouble knowing how to respond to Fadigati; he is disturbed by his homosexuality and neediness, but also upset when another student repeatedly insults him. Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Behind the High Walls," 10 Feb. 2019 Unlike other public figures who used the unwelcome exposure of their homosexuality to fight for gay acceptance and legal equality, Thorpe never contributed much to that cause. James Kirchick, The New York Review of Books, "James Kirchick," 10 Jan. 2019

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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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