Zephyrus and Hyacinthus
Attic red-figure cup from Tarquinia, 480 BC (Boston Museum of Fine Arts)
Men kissing intimately
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)
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.
A woman spying on a pair of male lovers. China, Qing Dynasty.
Female youths are depicted surrounding Sappho in this painting of Lafond "Sappho sings for Homer", 1824.
Sappho reading to her companions on an Attic vase of c. 435 BC
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).
An illustration from the 19th-century book Sawaqub al-Manaquib depicting homosexual anal sex with a wine boy
Shah Abbas I of Persia with a boy. By Muhammad Qasim (1627).
U.S. President Barack Obama signs into law the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010
LGBT activists at Cologne Pride in 2015 carrying a banner with the flags of 70 countries where homosexuality is illegal
Protests in New York City against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
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.

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

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

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Sexual orientation

Enduring pattern of romantic or sexual attraction to persons of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or to both sexes or more than one gender.

Enduring pattern of romantic or sexual attraction to persons of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or to both sexes or more than one gender.

Ladyboys in Thailand
Gay Pride, Paris 2009

These attractions are generally subsumed under heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality, while asexuality (the lack of sexual attraction to others) is sometimes identified as the fourth category.

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance estimates a worldwide prevalence of men who have sex with men between 3 and 16%.

Apollon et Cyparisse by Claude Marie Dubufe, 1821

Gay men

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.

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

An illustration of anal sex

Anal sex

Generally the insertion and thrusting of the erect penis into a person's anus, or anus and rectum, for sexual pleasure.

Generally the insertion and thrusting of the erect penis into a person's anus, or anus and rectum, for sexual pleasure.

An illustration of anal sex
Male genital anatomy, showing the location of the prostate with respect to the rectum
1892 lithograph by Paul Avril depicting male-to-female anal sex
19th-century erotic interpretation of Hadrian and Antinous (detail), by Paul Avril
A woman wearing a strap-on dildo about to engage in anal sex with a man
A woman performing anilingus (anal–oral sex) on another woman
Mucous membranes of the rectum
Depiction of anal sex on 510 BC Attic red-figure kylix
Suzuki Harunobu, A shunga print depicting an older and a younger man
Two Roman males on the Warren Cup, British Museum
Man and woman having anal sex. Ceramic, Moche Culture. 300 C.E. Larco Museum Collection.
François-Rolland Elluin, Sodomites provoking divine wrath, from Le pot-pourri (1781)
Ottoman illustration depicting two young men having sex (from Sawaqub al-Manaquib)

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.

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.

The bisexual pride flag

Bisexuality

Romantic attraction, sexual attraction, or sexual behavior toward both males and females, or to more than one gender.

Romantic attraction, sexual attraction, or sexual behavior toward both males and females, or to more than one gender.

The bisexual pride flag
The overlapping triangles
The double moon
Venus flanked by Venus and Mars symbols for a bisexual woman
Mars flanked by Venus and Mars symbols for a bisexual man
Shudo (Japanese pederasty): a young male entertains an older male lover, covering his eyes while surreptitiously kissing a female servant.
Young man and adolescent engaging in intercrural sex, fragment of a black-figure Attic cup, 550 BC–525 BC, Louvre
Angelina Jolie is an openly bisexual American actress.

The term bisexuality is mainly used in the context of human attraction to denote romantic or sexual feelings toward both men and women, and the concept is one of the three main classifications of sexual orientation along with heterosexuality and homosexuality, all of which exist on the heterosexual–homosexual continuum.

The terms queer, polysexual, heteroflexible, homoflexible, men who have sex with men and women who have sex with women may also be used to describe sexual identity or identify sexual behavior.