Homosexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction , or sexual behavior between members of the same sex or gender. It "also refers to a person's sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions. Along with bisexuality and heterosexuality , homosexuality is one of the three main categories of sexual orientation within the heterosexual—homosexual continuum. The most common terms for homosexual people are lesbian for females and gay for males , but the term gay also commonly refers to both homosexual females and males. The percentage of people who are gay or lesbian and the proportion of people who are in same-sex romantic relationships or have had same-sex sexual experiences are difficult for researchers to estimate reliably for a variety of reasons, including many gay and lesbian people not openly identifying as such due to prejudice or discrimination such as homophobia and heterosexism.
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Deborah P. Drawing on anthropological studies of the pre-colonial and colonial eras, it is possible to document a vast array of same-sex practises and diverse understandings of gender across the entire continent. Same-sex relationships were reported amongst other groups in Uganda, including the Bahima, … the Banyoro and … the Baganda. King Mwanga II, the Baganda monarch, was widely reported to have engaged in sexual relations with his male subjects. In the early 17th century in present-day Angola, Portuguese priests Gaspar Azevereduc and Antonius Sequerius encountered men who spoke, sat and dressed like women, and who entered into marriage with men.
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Gay sex is no longer as widely criminalized as it used to be, but a total of 72 nations still have laws against it. Gabon in central Africa is the most recent country to have repealed its anti-gay law. In the United States, anti-sodomy laws were ruled unconstitutional by the U. Conservative state legislators refuse to repeal the laws and, in some cases, police occasionally still arrest people on the basis of them. No country in Europe has a law against homosexuality.
A sodomy law is a law that defines certain sexual acts as crimes. The precise sexual acts meant by the term sodomy are rarely spelled out in the law, but are typically understood by courts to include any sexual act deemed to be unnatural or immoral. As of July , 68 countries as well as five sub-national jurisdictions [a] have laws criminalizing homosexuality. In 11 of them, homosexuality is punished with the death penalty. This is the earliest known law condemning the act of male-to-male intercourse in the military.