Desire, behaviour and identity are distinct, and do not always overlap.
'LGBTIQA+' is a term often employed to be inclusive – but it runs the risk of being so inclusive it loses all meaning.
Listen to the fascinating in-depth story of the decriminalisation of gay sex in Britain.
War was not always about fighting, and in times of relaxation soldiers were able to indulge many other activities.
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Our histories tell us armies make men, but in World War II, conflicted provided a rare and surprisingly open space for men to experiment with their femininity and sexuality.
Nigerians don’t trust the police and often resort to mob justice.
Nigeria is on the verge of passing a law to criminalise rampant mob lynching. Other countries have tried to do this and failed.
A sign at a march in Soweto, South Africa, shows just how important social support is for lesbians.
Family support, being valued in their own homes and enjoying strong support from their social structures helped instill lesbians in a conservative South African province with a strong sense of self.
Members of the original 1978 Sydney Mardi Gras in 2008. Older gays and lesbians grew up in more radical times, and some don’t support same-sex marriage.
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When it comes to same-sex marriage, there's a big gap in support between old and young gay men. Older gay men often see marriage as conservative, and fear marriage will create a "gold standard" for gay relationships.
Some gay gang members are open about their sexuality, but others remain in the closet, fearing they could endanger themselves or the status of their gang.
A sociologist spent two years interviewing gay gang members. While some were in the closet and others were openly gay, all were forced to reckon with an environment of hypermasculinity.
The ethical mindfield of AI gaydar.
A Rainbow Pride march at Chandannagar, north of Calcutta in early 2017.
Section 377, which criminalises homosexuality, could finally be relegated to the history books.
In Australia, same-sex attracted young people are six times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than their heterosexual peers.
Same-sex attracted people have poorer mental health than their heterosexual peers, but In jurisdictions that have legalised same-sex marriage, the gap between the two is much smaller.
Christians who call on the Bible to support their arguments against marriage equality are on shaky ground.
For Christian groups to claim the Bible speaks against same-sex marriage is simply a misreading of biblical values.
A dangerous romance in the 1950s.
The story of the trial of Peter Wildeblood.
I’ve told you before, the Lawrence v Texas decision says it’s fine.
Are gay rights a matter of protecting privacy, or sexual freedom itself?
One of the first British films to depict the ‘crime’ of homosexuality.
Decriminalisation changed the way homosexuality and gay culture were portrayed on screen.
Marching for pride, London, 1974.
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Even the Wolfenden report cited the need to protect the public from that which disgusted them.
Britain is celebrating 50 years since the 1967 Sexual Offences Act partially decriminalised homosexuality.
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The legacy of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalised male homosexuality 50 years ago.
Police in Istanbul,Turkey disperse gay pride demonstrators with a water cannon in June 2015.
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Many in the US are celebrating LGBTQ rights for Gay Pride Month. But data show that most countries, including the US, need to do much more to protect sexual minorities.
Truong Tan’s catalogue for his first solo exhibition in 1994 documents his tentative exploration of performance art and frequent use of ropes.
Photo by Truong Tan used with permission.
LGBT rights are a work in progress in Vietnam. But artists are in the vanguard of the movement, pushing for public acceptance.
Contemporary Indonesia is heading down the path of conservative Sunni Islamism.
Recent events in Indonesia should dispel any doubt about the rising influence conservative Sunni Islamist sentiment is having on the country’s laws.
Education and awareness about gender identity and sexual orientation are crucial.
Many people use religion and culture as explanations for their homophobic attitudes.