Homosexuality In HistoryEarliest accounts of homosexualbehavior were depicted in the arts.Erotic attraction of people to ones owngender have been around since thedawn of humanity.
EtymologyThe word homosexual is a Greek and Latin Homo=samethus connoting sexual acts and affections between members of the same sex.Gay generally refers to male homosexuality, but used to refer to all LGBT people.Lesbian refers only to female homosexualityZephyrus and Hyacinthus seen as two gay wind Gods.Attic red-figure cup from Tarquinia, 480 BC
Homosexuality In History Earliest accounts of homosexual behaviorArchaeologists have unearthedthe 5,000-year-old remains ofwhat they believe may havebeen the worlds oldest knowngay caveman.Found in a Prague.The male body – said to dateback to between 2900-2500BC– was discovered buried in away normally reserved only forwomen of the Corded Wareculture in the Copper Age
AfricaThe first record of possiblehomosexual couple in historyis commonly regarded asKhnumhotep andNiankhkhnum.Egyptian male couple, wholived around the 2400 BCE.The pair are portrayed in anose-kissing position, the mostintimate pose in Egyptian art.
ChinaIn East Asia, same-sex love has beenreferred to since theearliest recordedhistory.A woman spying on apair of male lovers.China, Qing dynasty.600 BCE
EuropeSapphos poetry centerson passion and love forvarious personages andboth genders.Sappho reading poetry toher companions aboutlove. Vase of c. 435 BC.
EuropeThe earliest Western art objects,concerning same-sex relationshipsare derived from ancient Greece.Roman man penetrating a youth,possibly a slave, middle of the 1stcentury AD. Found in Bittir , nearJerusalem.
North AmericaTwo-Spirit individual were NativeAmericans shamans they wererespected as having powersbeyond those of ordinaryshamans. Their sexual life waswith the ordinary tribe members ofthe same sex.Dance to the BerdacheSac and Fox Nation ceremonialdance to celebrate the two-spiritperson. (1796–1872)
ItalyDuring the Renaissance, wealthycities in northern Italy — Florenceand Venice in particular — werefamous for practice of same-sexlove, engaged mostly by men.Female youths are depictedsurrounding Sappho in thispainting of Lafond "Sappho singsfor Homer", 1824.
Middle East, South and Central AsiaSame-sex intercourseofficially carries the deathpenalty in several Muslimnations: Saudi Arabia,Iran, Mauritania, northernNigeria, Sudan, andYemen.Dance of a bacchá(dancing boy)Samarkand, (ca 1905–1915)
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