The homosexuality is the practice of erotic relationships with people of the same sex The concept is also used to name the inclination towards such type of relationship . For example: "The singer confessed his homosexuality and said he plans to tour with his partner", “In some countries, homosexuality is still considered a crime”, "I think homosexuality should not be an impediment to getting married".
Homosexuality comes from the Greek homo ("same" ) and from Latin sexus ("sex" ). The notion can refer to the sexual interaction between mens or between women, but also to the sentimental or sexual attraction of this type without the interaction being realized.
The term gay It is used to refer to gay people. In the case of women, we can also talk about lesbian . On the other hand, when a person feels sexual attraction to men and women, they can be described as bisexual .
Homosexuality is a condition that usually generates discrimination . Until a few decades ago, it was considered as a disease which, therefore, could be cured. At present, it is understood that homosexuality is a choice or a natural condition.
The situation of homosexuals, however, varies by country. While in certain countries they can get marriage and adopt children , in others they are persecuted for their sexual condition and even sent to prison or sentenced to death .
The persecution suffered by homosexuals, however, begins from the tender childhood, in one's own family and in school, and then continue in college, at work and in a large percentage of the areas of daily life. This does not mean that there are no open-minded parents, capable of accepting homosexuality as normal, nor that all schools and businesses are hostile places for those who are attracted to people of the same gender; But we are still far from total acceptance.
How many television series and movies have homosexual main characters or at least show homosexuality as normal? It is true that at present, homosexuality has more and more space in fiction but, with rare exceptions, it does not appear as a feature of its characters, but as a luminous sign that producers seem to want to show the four winds to receive recognition as advanced and free people from prejudices.
The discovery of homosexuality itself is different in each person, and it can occur at various stages of life, according to the relationship each one has with their sexuality and their sentimental plane. Some heterosexual people claim to have experienced certain homosexual practices during their teenage years, after which they understood that they felt more identified with their current sexuality; said process of discovery It is natural and we all go through it, to a greater or lesser extent.
For most homosexuals, the hardest moment is that of leave the closet, which means confessing for the first time his homosexuality to his surroundings. Depending on the case, the first confidant may be a friend very close, one of his parents, or the first impossible love. While an action can be considered, it is an extremely difficult step for many, so much that some people never dare to take it.
Leaving the closet can lead to terrible reprisals from those we thought were closest: there are parents who throw their children out of their homes and deny them any kind of support, both sentimental and economic; there are friends who decide to move away for fear that their environment believes that they are also gay. However, it is the best decision, because it represents the only path to self-acceptance and true happiness.
Ricky Martin , Pedro Almodovar , Ellen Degeneres , Jodie Foster , Rupert Everett , Ian McKellen and Rosie O'Donnell They are some of the current celebrities who have publicly recognized their homosexuality.