Education and awareness about gender identity and sexual orientation are crucial.
Many people use religion and culture as explanations for their homophobic attitudes.
President Donald Trump greets Director of the FBI James Comey in January.
Past presidents have made strange requests of the FBI, some of which were documented by J. Edgar Hoover.
German infantrymen aim machine guns from a trench near the Vistula River in 1916.
In the winter of 1915, a German soldier died in a field hospital in Russia. We don't know his name, but he helped revolutionize the way gay people have advocated for equality.
Adam and Eve, created by Albrecht Dürer, 1471-1528.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Christian sexuality websites present evangelicalism as a sex-positive religious tradition. At the same time, they also reinforce conservative ideas about same-sex marriages.
A rainbow wreath laid by defence forces at a contemporary Anzac Day service.
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Until 1992, being a gay or lesbian soldier was illegal in Australia. New research is unearthing the heartbreaking stories of people who devoted their life to the military but were discharged when their sexuality was exposed.
Duncan Grant © Tate
In what ways do our sexual pleasures and fantasies inform the way we see the world?
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Objections from certain sectors of Malaysian society to the film neatly illustrates both the fear and lack of understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the country.
Two people dress up as Gaydar bots during San Francisco’s 2014 gay pride parade.
Previous studies have shown that people possess gaydar, the ability to discern who's gay and who isn't. But this research falls prey to an error that, when corrected, leads to the opposite conclusion.
Gay pride – but not everywhere.
Why are there such big differences in public opinion about homosexuality? It turns out where you live can be a major influence on how you feel.
Participants at the 2015 Sydney Mardi Gras.
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From "gay" to "poofter" to "fairy" - the words used by others to define gay people can say a great deal more about them than us.
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The story of Trevor Thomas.
‘I wish this book was a smart phone.’
Dating apps are convenient – but they lack the sensuality craved by Victorian aesthetes.
The Polari bible.
While few people use the language today, many cherish its history.
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.