from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sexual orientation to persons of the same sex.
- n. Sexual activity with another of the same sex.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being sexually and romantically attracted primarily to persons of the same sex.
- n. Sexual activity with a person of the same sex.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Perverted sexual desire for one of the same sex.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the same sex
If, for example, homosexuality is objectively wrong, then it is simply irrelevant that a substantial portion of the human race finds homosexual activity pleasurable and satisfying, and that homosexuality* does no one else any material harm.
That was in the mid-1990s, when the term homosexuality was far from ordinary in Chinese people's life.
Just because the term homosexuality may be modern; the concept was not.
(It is not generally accepted though that lesbians really exist in the Middle East; perhaps that's why in Persian the word for female homosexuality translates as "same-sex playing".)
And just who the hell are these "many gays and lesbians today" who think "the term homosexuality is considered inappropriate by many gays and lesbians today"?
The term homosexuality should be limited to the human species, for in animals the investigator can ascertain only motor behavior.
India's health minister is backtracking from statements he made earlier this week, in which he called homosexuality a disease.
And notice that, if you intend this general statement to allow for exceptions, then it no longer provides support for the earlier thesis in dispute (viz. that it makes an important difference whether homosexuality is a choice).
In September, The Landmark published an interview with Helms in which he called homosexuality "a perversion and a crime."
"Paul is not talking about what we call homosexuality at all," Elliott says.