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Homosexuality

Homosexuality

n. Sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one’s own sex.

History: It was not until the late 1800s that the world started to believe in the existence of a distinct class of human beings who had an exclusive attraction to members of their own sex. Before that, and even in ancient Greece, which many cite as the first gay-friendly society, people indeed engaged in same-sex relations, but they rarely did so exclusively and never because they assumed that they had an inborn proclivity in this direction. In 1886, however, German physician Richard von Kraft-Ebing wrote a book titled Psychopathologia Sexualis that attempted to recast gay...

 
This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #11, Winter 2009 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo11/decode-9

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