Timeline of Homosexuality





1590 BC First historical mention of Phoenecians, who practiced homosexuality in religious ritual
c. 1400 BC The earliest date of the Biblical book of Leviticus, which includes the prohibition of "lying with a man as with a woman"
c. 55-57 AD Paul writes Romans and 1 Corinthians, in which he condemns same-sex "indecent acts" and "homosexual offenders"
c. 100 Plutarch writes approvingly of attraction to either gender (see Homosexuality in Ancient Greece)
2nd cent. The apocryphal Apocalypse of Peter depicts hell populated with men who pretended to be women, and women who slept with other women
342 Roman constitutions ban male prostitution
390 Roman constitutions reinforce ban on male prostitution, adding punishment of burning at the stake
438 Emperor Theodosius II punishes passive homosexuality with a death sentence




535 Emperor Justinian's Novella outlaws both passive and active homosexuality, reinforced by capital punishment
538 Justinian changs the penalty of homosexuality to penance
1886 Psychologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing writes Psychopathia Sexualis (1886), in which masturbation, sado-masochism, and "lust-murder" are sexual perversions that originate in heredity
1948 The Kinsey Report finds that 30 percent of adult American males among Kinsey's subjects had engaged in some kind of homosexual activity
1969 Stonewall Riot - New York policemen raid a gay bar and meet sustained resistance.
1973 The American Psychiatric Association declassifies "ego-syntonic homosexuality" (the condition of a person content with his or her homosexuality) as a mental illness
1995 Albania repeals anti-sodomy laws
2001 Gay couples marry under the same laws as heterosexual marriage in Amsterdam
2005 The Civil Marriage Act (Bill C-38) legalizes same-sex marriages in Canada (July 20)
2013 Supreme Court debates the Defense of Marriage Act


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