French essayist Michel de Montaigne once described a ceremony between two male lovers at Saint John at the Latin Gate in Rome.
Same-sex marriage is not a 20th-century phenomenon; couples have long claimed the right to marry.
Many straight men no longer see befriending gay men as a threat to their masculinity.
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Could gay guys be the ultimate wing men for their straight, male friends?
Out and proud: the bisexual pride flag.
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The proportion of young people identifying as lesbian or gay seems to have dropped slightly, but the proportion who identify as bisexual has grown.
Protesters wearing masks of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin take part in a demonstration against the country’s ‘anti-gay’ laws outside the Embassy of the Russian Federation in London, February 2014.
Sport remains “one of the last bastions of cultural and institutional homophobia” in Western societies. But there is progress.
The drug Truvada is used for PrEP treatment.
A judge has found that NHS England cannot reasonably refuse to fund anti-HIV drugs for gay men. This is a major step forward.
Seddique Mateen, the father of Omar Mateen, grabs a photographer’s lens at his home.
Orlando shooter Omar Mateen's father has denounced homosexuality, while many say Mateen secretly grappled with his own sexuality. Here's what the research says on the relationship between parents' attitudes, being closeted and being homophobic.
Peter Paul Rubens, Lot and his family escaping from the doomed city guided by an angel, circa 1615.
For Muslims generally, as for conservative Christians, homosexual acts are sinful. Christian gays and lesbians have had to work hard for a measure of recognition among fellow-believers; their Muslim counterparts are just beginning that struggle.
Gay men are sharing pictures of themselves kissing in an act of defiance in the wake of the Orlando shooting.
On screen or in public, why does the sight of men kissing continue to provoke controversy, censorship and even violence?
Bhupen Khakhar, You Can’t Please All (segment), 1981.
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Indian artists such as Bhupen Khakhar may be gaining international acclaim, but more is needed to help build and maintain a strong infrastructure for artists at home.
A step in the right direction.
Religious leaders have done little to help combat institutionalised homophobia – and some have flat-out encouraged it.
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New research questions whether claims of a 'national sex revolution' in China are actually nothing of the sort.
Alan Turing is now feted – but what of other gay people in government service?
Hundreds, if not thousands, of gay people had their careers and lives blighted by official discrimination.
Two worlds? Minaret in Brick Lane, East London.
An 'us and them' narrative pervades reporting about British Muslim attitudes, but there remains lack of understanding about what the separation of the church and state really means.
Protesters gather outside the recent Anglican church meeting.
The Anglican church has been criticised for standing against gay marriage, but it has taken a positive step on an issue that many activists see as more important.
There seems to be a level of implicit trust between gay men and straight women.
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Research shows that women are especially drawn to gay men in certain contexts.
Ready to pop.
By not only "outing" himself as a poppers user but emphasising their necessity, the Conservative MP for Reigate took a bold step.
Sexuality is proving a destructive issue for the church.
Mike Ullett and Gino Meriano enter one of the UK’s first civil partnerships, 2005.
Should opposite-sex couples be allowed to enter civil partnerships? Many same-sex couples already in one think so.
In Malawi men who have sex with men can access healthcare services but they do not always get adequate treatment, care and support.
Malawi and Tanzania have created programs to provide sexual and reproductive health services and HIV interventions. But men who have sex with men say it's still difficult to access care.
All bar none. Taking health to the heart of the problem.
HIV is still a major public health issue among the most at-risk groups, and efforts to tackle it need to get smarter.