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Homosexuality is a type of sexual orientation characterized by sexual desire or romantic love exclusively or almost exclusively for people who are identified as being of the same sex.
In particular the description of individuals as homosexual may be offensive, partially because of the negative clinical association of the word stemming from its use in describing same-sex attraction as a pathological state before homosexuality was removed from the American Psychiatric Association's list of mental disorders in 1973.
Throughout most of written history, homosexual relations usually took the form of pederasty (as distinguished from pedophilia), that is, they were characterized by a marked age difference and the fixed assignment of sexual roles.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/h/ho/homosexuality.html   (2820 words)

 Homosexuality - free-definition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Homosexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by sexual desire or romantic love exclusively, or almost exclusively, for people who are identified as being of the same sex.
A March 2004 study states that homosexuality in male sheep, which is thought to be somewhat analogous to that in humans, is related to a region in their brain which is called the "ovine sexually dimorphic nucleus".
Homosexuality was formally banned by Parliament in the 19th century as one of a range of sexual offences alongside sex with under-age girls as part of a general moral outrage.
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 Prevalence of homosexuality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Estimates of the prevalence of homosexuality vary considerably with the definition of what "homosexuality" actually is. Some consider its most important aspect to be sexual behavior between members of the same sex ("homosexual acts"), while others stress inclination or orientation.
This is common in macho cultures which distinguish between the "active" and the "passive" sexual partner, where the "active" partner does not usually consider himself to be homosexual.
For example, even if two studies agree on a common criterion for considering someone to be homosexual, one study might regard this as applying to any person who has ever met this criterion, whereas another might only regard them as being so if they had done so during the year of the survey.
www.encyclopedia-1.com /p/pr/prevalence_of_homosexuality.html   (605 words)

 Homosexuality, Neoteny, and Maturational Delay
In their results, the increase in lefthandedness in homosexual women (which have lower occurrence than men in the general population) is much larger than that of homosexual men.
No association was found between left-handedness and homosexuality, although there was a excess of left-handeds in subjects who have been tested for HIV infection (irrespective of whether the test was negative or positive).
Homosexuals had less subcutaneous fat and smaller muscle/bone development and were longer in proportion to bulk.
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 Demographics of sexual orientation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Some communities, such as modern gay villages, may have high concentrations of homosexual and bisexual people (by sexual attraction and behavior), such that people who experience only heterosexual attraction and behavior are a minority.
Some societies have institutionalized ritual homosexual behavior, such that most members (or sometimes, most men) will have engaged in sex acts with both males and females (but not necessarily feel spontaneous sexual attraction to those with whom they engage in ritual sex acts).
Many forms of heterosexual behavior and attraction have also been stigmatized or criminalized by various societies, including pre-marital sex, polygamy, inter-racial marriage, divorce, non-submission of women, non-vaginal intercourse, the use of birth control, the use of mechanical devices for sexual stimulation, and various modes of dress and interaction (e.g.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Prevalence_of_homosexuality   (1585 words)

 Homosexuality is not an Illness | Helem   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
He thought that homosexuality is just a normal variation in human sexuality and he did not think that it is a pathology.
In her studies, she recruited homosexual subjects who were functioning in society (rather than patients in clinical settings) and she blinded the researchers towards the sexuality of her subjects to reduce bias.
Confronted with overwhelming empirical evidence that homosexual people were not prone to more psychopathology than their heterosexual counterparts, changing cultural views towards sexuality, and driven by the increasing gay political protest, psychiatrists and psychologists have radically altered their views on homosexuality during the last two decades.
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 How Prevalent is Homosexuality? | Helem   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The latest major study in the USA (as of 1995) was conducted in 1994 on a large representative sample ages 18-59 revealed that 2.8% of men and 1.4% of women reported a homosexual orientation and that 9% of men and 5% of women had at least one homosexual experience after their puberty.
A large study was conducted in the 50s and revealed that homosexual behavior of some sort was considered normal and socially acceptable for some members of society in 64% of the 76 non-Western societies that were included in that study.
The prevalence of any lifetime homosexual experience ranged from as low as 2.6% in French females and to as high as 6.1% in British men.
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 The Kinsey Institute - Reference - Bibliographies - Homosexuality [Related Resources]
In their tabulations, 30% of males reported a homosexual experience to orgasm for the male or his partner; of this group, 25% had the experience(s) as adolescents or had only isolated experiences before the age of 20.
Homosexuality was viewed as a complex of same-gender behavior, desire, and identity.
Bagley, C., and Tremblay, P. On the prevalence of homosexuality and bisexuality, in a random community survey of 750 men aged 18 to 27.
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 The world's top homosexuality websites
Homosexuality is a type of sexual orientation characterized by sexual desire or romantic love exclusively or almost exclusively for people who are identified as being of the same sex (For an analysis of the difficulties involved in the issue of identification, see Homosexuality_and_Transgender and also heterosexuality, and bisexuality).
The term homosexuality was coined in 1869 by Karl Maria Kertbeny in an anonymous pamphlet that advocated the repeal of Prussia's sodomy laws (Bullough et.
As representations of homosexuality are presented through television and other mass information replicators, and as society becomes more tolerant of public affection between gay couples, homosexuality may have a much greater chance of being imitated or the exploration of homosexual tendencies which have been repressed in the past may become more viable.
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 eMedicine - Homosexuality : Article by William H Wilson, MD
Homosexuality is not a medical or psychiatric disorder; however, it is an aspect of the human condition that has profound effects on individuals, communities, and society as a whole.
As with epidemiology, the etiological study of homosexuality is hampered by a lack of clear definitions of homosexuality as well as the substantial overlap between heterosexuality and homosexuality.
Homosexual individuals and couples are likely to have psychotherapeutic issues related to the unique aspects of living with a same-sex domestic partner and to their stigmatized social status.
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 Homosexuality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Homosexuality was formally banned by Parliament in the 19th century as one of a range of sexual offences, alongside sex with under-age girls, as part of an expression of a general moral outrage related to events of that time.
While it often claims religious justification, the experience of homosexuals in Nazi Germany is a recent egregious example of persecution by a racially based (rather than religiously-based) doctrine.
The earliest western documents concerning homosexual relationships come from Ancient Greece, where same-sex relationships were a societal norm, valued for their pedagogic benefits and as a means of population control.
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Although homosexuality has existed in all societies and cultures, societal attitudes and cultural taboos have influenced its recognition.8,9 Information on the prevalence of homosexuality mainly is derived from studies of adults that often are limited by sample biases and missing data.
The aggregation of homosexuality in family pedigrees is a well-recognized phenomenon, generally accepted by essentialists and constructionists alike.18-22 Twin studies have found greater concordance for homosexuality among monozygotic twins than among dizygotic twins,20,23,24 suggesting a powerful genetic influence.
Doerner found homosexual men to have a mechanism of positive estrogen feedback on the secretion of luteinizing hormone (LH), usually present in mature females and absent in males.37,38 Similarly, Gladue39 observed a positive estrogen effect on LH secretion in homosexual men that was intermediate to that of heterosexual men and women.
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 Homosexuality: Biological? Learned? Bibliography and Abstracts.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
On the prevalence of homosexuality and bisexuality in a random community survey of 750 men aged 18 to 27.
It was, however, widely disputed where exactly the relevant difference between homosexuals and heterosexuals was to be located, whether in anatomico-biological variations, in an overabundance or lack of masculine determinants, in psychological dispositions, or an exceeding portion of courage, intelligence, and creativity.
Homosexuality has been studied in various ways via surveys from the Kinsey studies published in 1948 and 1953 to sociological studies in the 1970s that drew samples from participants in increasingly prominent gay communities to the AIDS-related surveys of the 1980s and 1990s.
fsw.ucalgary.ca /ramsay/gay-lesbian-bisexual/4c-genes-learned-gay.htm   (5690 words)

 Homosexuality: Speaking the Truth in Love   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
They cannot celebrate their homosexual feelings and wholeheartedly embrace a homosexual lifestyle because they are convinced (for any number of reasons) that their homoerotic feelings are the result of something having gone wrong.
Paul’s reference to homosexual behavior in Romans 1 appears in the context of his sweeping theological analysis of the fallen condition of humanity.
Many homosexual men and lesbian women quite reasonably point their fingers at the breakdown and ugliness of so many marriages today, and the abuse of women and children, which many of them have experienced first hand, in the so-called traditional family.
www.ransomfellowship.org /R_Homosexuality.html   (3925 words)

Many homosexuals claim that they have no more choice in becoming gay than heterosexuals did in being straight, that is seems almost inconceivable that there is no genetic or hormonal component in its etiology.
A strikingly higher proportion of brothers of identical twins of homosexual men (52%) to be gay themselves than was true of fraternal brothers (22%) and genetically unrelated adopted brothers (11%); this study argued for a possible genetic origin of homosexuality.
Most observers and commentators of homosexuality reside in the nation’s largest cities and there suburbs where homosexuality is vastly more common rather than in its small towns and rural areas where it is exceedingly rare.
www.umsl.edu /~rkeel/200/homsex.html   (1700 words)

 Encyclopedia: Prevalence of homosexuality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Some societies have stigmatized or even criminalized some or all forms of non-heterosexual behavior and attraction, but in others, bisexual attraction and behavior (or certain proscribed forms thereof) have been tolerated, considered normal for anyone, or (mostly in modern times) considered valid "alternatives."
The term "heterosexual" and the conception of "heterosexuality" as an element of personal identity (with regard to attraction or self-affiliation) is largely a modern Western phenomenon (starting with the invention of the term "homosexual" in the early 1900s.)
[5] (http://www.lsbk.ch/articles/gunter_schmidt.asp) "Ever since homosexuality has become the subject of public debate, boys' fear to be seen as queer has increased," the director of the institute, Volkmar Sigusch, suggested in a 1998 article for a German medical journal.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Prevalence-of-homosexuality   (1609 words)

 The Kinsey Institute - Kinsey Study Data [Research Program]
He looked at quantifiable male sexual "outlets" to orgasm: masturbation, nocturnal emissions, heterosexual petting, heterosexual intercourse, homosexual relations, and intercourse with animals of other species; and at what factors might account for variations in sexual behavior, including marital status, age, educational level, occupational class, rural-urban background, religious group, geographic origin, and age at adolescence.
Kinsey estimated that nearly 46% of the male population had engaged in both heterosexual and homosexual activities, or "reacted to" persons of both sexes, in the course of their adult lives (p.
8% of males were exlusively homosexual for at least three years between the ages of 16 and 55.
www.indiana.edu /~kinsey/research/ak-data.html   (2001 words)

 Understanding Homosexuality
Homosexual and heterosexual responses were considered to both be "natural" feelings that manifest to a greater or lesser degree in different individuals.
There was no serious inquiry into the causes of sexual orientation, because there was relatively little awareness of it as a concept; people were free to follow their personal inclinations.
Studies of homosexual identical twins suggest that when one twin is homosexual that there is a 40 to 60 percent chance that the other twin will also be homosexual.
www.buzzle.com /editorials/7-16-2004-56674.asp   (580 words)

 Prevalence of homosexuality - free-definition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The factual accuracy of the final paragraph and the presentation of statistical summaries is disputed.
In 1993 the Alan Guttmacher Institute ("a nonprofit organization focused on sexual and reproductive health research, policy analysis and public education" [4] (http://www.agi-usa.org/)) found 1.8 to 2.8 percent of men reported a sexual contact with another male within the last ten years.
[5] (http://www.lsbk.ch/articles/gunter_schmidt.asp) "Since homosexuality is publicly negotiated as a sexual form in its own, the fear of the boys is added to be looked at as a queer," the director of the institute, Volkmar Sigusch, suggested in a 1998 article for a German medical journal.
www.free-definition.com /Prevalence-of-homosexuality.html   (862 words)

 lifeissues.net | Selling Homosexuality To America
While the origins of the term "gay" to substitute for homosexual are debated, the term itself is a preferred euphemistic construct because it de-emphasizes sex and make more palatable the basic idea of homo-sex-uality.
For that reason, homosexual or homosexuality, are most often used in this text as correct, unloaded nomenclature.
GAP notes that in the middle of the century, “scientists, scholars, and researchers…began the process of advancing new models of homosexuality, opened up new knowledge and raised new questions that were not considered by psychiatrists in 1955.” Id.
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 Demographic Study on Male Sexual Orientation: Notes
The paper is now published (with some minor changes) under the title On the prevalence of homosexuality and bisexuality in a random community survey of 750 men aged 18 to 27, The Journal of Homosexuality, Vol.
(1995) male homosexuality results for the 20 urban areas sampled would be much larger if our sampling had been done in a city having 1.4 million inhabitants.
Therefore, more than 12.7 percent of Calgary's young adult males would be classified homosexually oriented on the basis of being currently homosexually active (9.2%) and or self-labelling as homosexual and/or bisexual (11.1%).
www.youth-suicide.com /gay-bisexual/notes.htm   (746 words)

 Bisexual / Gay / Queer Male Suicidality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Although much of this force is generated by the fear of homosexuality, it isn't at all necessary to be homosexual to be persecuted as one of America's "designated victims." A designated victim is a boy, usually slender, usually thoughtful, who would prefer creating beauty to crushing bones.
Generally, homosexually oriented youth have been at risk for amost all factors known to be associated with suicidality (Colorado Paper, 1997), including lifetime and current drug use (Orenstein, 2001).
A homosexual orientation is sometimes seen as a sign of disrespect to the family by the youth and a threat to the family's survival.
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 "The Great Prevalence of Sexual Inversion": Havelock Ellis on Gay Life in the American City
From the Civil War through the 1920s, in New York and other American cities, there were numerous clubs, saloons, and dance halls known for transvestism (men or women dressing as the opposite sex), for male prostitution, or as places that catered to a “gay crowd”—meaning men and women interested in a less conventional evening’s entertainment.
In an excerpt from his 1915 book, British physician and psychologist Havelock Ellis, a pioneer in the emerging field of human sexuality, mapped out for his readers the culture of “sexual inversion” in American cities, reflecting how practices that had long been common, or at least tolerated, were suddenly viewed as problematic.
Ninety-nine normal men out of a hundred have been accosted on the streets by inverts, or have among their acquaintances men whom they know to be sexually inverted.
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 Homosexuality Amongst the Ancient Heruli   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
A small but spread out and extremely influential tribe of fierce mercenaries and pirates, the Heruli were part of the larger Suebian family of tribes and terrorized Europe from before the time of Jesus until the tribe finally died out around 550 AD.
In next month's column, we will examine these simple but fascinating inscriptions (as well as the recent discovery of what must be a Herulian pirate ship!) and take a closer look at the warrior-based homosociality and homosexuality of the Heruli, as well as their probable use of transexuality as a religious practice.
If the Herulian tribe were indeed notably inclined to homosexuality, then their honoring a "bent" ancestral hero-god makes perfect sense.
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 Paul Cameron Bio and Fact Sheet
Wade (1985), Judge Buchmeyer of the U.S. District Court of Dallas referred to "Cameron's sworn statement that 'homosexuals abuse children at a proportionately greater incident than do heterosexuals,'" and concluded that "Dr. Paul Cameron...has himself made misrepresentations to this Court" and that "There has been no fraud or misrepresentations except by Dr. Cameron" (p.536).
THAT the Association articulates this opposition by charging the Committee on the Status of Homosexuals in Sociology with the task of critically evaluating and publicly responding to the work of Dr. Paul Cameron.
(ii) his sworn statement that "homosexuals abuse children at a proportionately greater incident than do heterosexuals" is based upon the same distorted data – and, the Court notes, is directly contrary to other evidence presented at trial besides the testimony of Dr. Simon and Dr. Marmour.
psychology.ucdavis.edu /rainbow/html/facts_cameron_sheet.html   (929 words)

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