Zephyrus and Hyacinthus
Attic red-figure cup from Tarquinia, 480 BC (Boston Museum of Fine Arts)
Men kissing intimately
An illustration of anal sex
Burning of two homosexuals (the knight Richard von Hohenburg and his squire Anton Mätzler) at the stake outside Zürich, 1482 (from the Spiezer Schilling chronicle)
Blood donation policies for men who have sex with men
Men who have sex with men may donate blood without a deferral
Men who have sex with men may not donate blood within the deferral period
Men who have sex with men may not donate blood; permanent deferral
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Male genital anatomy, showing the location of the prostate with respect to the rectum
Dance to the Berdache
Sac and Fox Nation ceremonial dance to celebrate the two-spirit person. George Catlin (1796–1872); Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Blood donation policies for female sex partners of men who have sex with men
Female sex partners of men who have sex with men may donate blood without a deferral
Female sex partners of men who have sex with men may not donate blood within the deferral period
Female sex partners of men who have sex with men may not donate blood; permanent deferral
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1892 lithograph by Paul Avril depicting male-to-female anal sex
A woman spying on a pair of male lovers. China, Qing Dynasty.
19th-century erotic interpretation of Hadrian and Antinous (detail), by Paul Avril
Female youths are depicted surrounding Sappho in this painting of Lafond "Sappho sings for Homer", 1824.
A woman wearing a strap-on dildo about to engage in anal sex with a man
Sappho reading to her companions on an Attic vase of c. 435 BC
A woman performing anilingus (anal–oral sex) on another woman
Photograph of the Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen (1920–1991) alias Tom of Finland, well known for his stylized highly masculinized homoerotic art, playing the piano in late 1950s. In the background, his partner Veli Mäkinen (left) and his sister Kaija (right).
Mucous membranes of the rectum
An illustration from the 19th-century book Sawaqub al-Manaquib depicting homosexual anal sex with a wine boy
Depiction of anal sex on 510 BC Attic red-figure kylix
Shah Abbas I of Persia with a boy. By Muhammad Qasim (1627).
Suzuki Harunobu, A shunga print depicting an older and a younger man
U.S. President Barack Obama signs into law the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010
Two Roman males on the Warren Cup, British Museum
LGBT activists at Cologne Pride in 2015 carrying a banner with the flags of 70 countries where homosexuality is illegal
Man and woman having anal sex. Ceramic, Moche Culture. 300 C.E. Larco Museum Collection.
Protests in New York City against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
François-Rolland Elluin, Sodomites provoking divine wrath, from Le pot-pourri (1781)
Roy and Silo, two New York Central Park Zoo male chinstrap penguins similar to those pictured, became internationally known when they coupled and later were given an egg that needed hatching and care, which they successfully provided.
Ottoman illustration depicting two young men having sex (from Sawaqub al-Manaquib)
Blood donation policies for men who have sex with men
–Men who have sex with men may donate blood; No deferral
–Men who have sex with men may donate blood; Temporary deferral
–Men who have sex with men may not donate blood; Permanent deferral
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Original Rainbow Pride Flag in San Francisco, designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978

They may identify as gay, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, or heterosexual; or dispense with sexual identification altogether.

- Men who have sex with men

While anal sex is commonly associated with male homosexuality, research shows that not all gay men engage in anal sex and that it is not uncommon in heterosexual relationships.

- Anal sex

Historically, anal sex has been popularly associated with male homosexuality and MSM.

- Men who have sex with men

Some synonyms for same-sex attraction or sexual activity include men who have sex with men or MSM (used in the medical community when specifically discussing sexual activity) and homoerotic (referring to works of art).

- Homosexuality

The condemnation of anal sex between males, however, predates Christian belief.

- Homosexuality

Because most research on anal intercourse addresses men who have sex with men, little data exists on the prevalence of anal intercourse among heterosexual couples.

- Anal sex
Zephyrus and Hyacinthus
Attic red-figure cup from Tarquinia, 480 BC (Boston Museum of Fine Arts)

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Apollon et Cyparisse by Claude Marie Dubufe, 1821
Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum nose-kissing
Pre-Columbian ceramic of two men engaging in oral sex
Two young men about to have relations. Qing China, date unknown.
The Death of Hyacinthos by Jean Broc (1801)
An illustration from the 19th-century book Sawaqub al-Manaquib depicting homosexual sex between young men
A pink triangle was worn by gay men during the Holocaust.
ACT UP was founded by Larry Kramer to fight for medical funding and research on the HIV/AIDS crisis.
1990 ACT UP radical direct action protesting the Bush Administration's slow pace of federal research for AIDS
Binyavanga Wainaina, a Kenyan writer, who came out in 2014 in response to a wave of anti-gay laws in Africa
Jamaican rapper Buju Banton has included violently homophobic messages in his music, for which he has received criticism.
Activists enact a scene of Chechen mothers mourning their disappeared sons, draped in LGBT and Chechen flags
Abdellah Taïa has written about the abuse he suffered as a gay child in Morocco.
McQueen, Fall 2008
Post-Modern Art Attack
"Magenta carpet" at Life Ball 2013
In The Maltese Falcon, Peter Lorre played an overtly stereotyped effeminate villain.
On Pose, Billy Porter plays Pray Tell, a Black gay man with AIDS in New York.
Gay men are more likely to be abused but less likely to seek help.
HIV prevention poster advocating for safe MSM sex in Vietnam
Protest against mass incarceration in Chowchilla, California in January 2013
London advert protesting the exclusion of unhoused LGBT people
Two young gay men at Taiwan Pride
A youth at DC Pride
Two fathers with their child
Two older gay men in March 2010
Buck Angel, a bisexual trans man
A gay man in a wheelchair at London Pride 2016
Two gay men kiss during a Gay Parade

Gay men are male homosexuals.

The condemnation of anal sex between males, however, predates Christian belief.

Around the world, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) face significant challenges in terms of their overall sexual health.