That reasoning—that a tolerant society somehow encourages homosexuality to flourish—has been used to support anti-gay legislation in UgandaRussiaand elsewhere. Views Read Edit View history. Little is known of female homosexuality in antiquity. That tolerance for gay people encourages more people to become gay. Gay people may live in Iran, however they are forced to keep their sexuality veiled from the hostile society, funded and encouraged by government legislation and traditional norms. Michael Rocke, Forbidden friendships:
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The more we examine this question, the more it seems we're not talking about a physical object, something that can be described in terms of kilograms and centimeters, but of something mental, something which mostly exists in someone's mind, and which therefore has the variability and the imprecision of things which are psychological rather than physical. In one version, homosexuality actually does provide a genetic advantage, in the form of, say, a gay uncle who helps with the kids. Of course, I am perfectly aware, just as you are, that there are persons with homosexual attractions, and among those persons, some of them claim these attractions are part of their "identity", and even have carnal relations with other persons of the same sex. Gay people may live in Iran, however they are forced to keep their sexuality veiled from the hostile society, funded and encouraged by government legislation and traditional norms.
Lesbian, gay, bi and trans people exist in every community, from every ethnic background and in every religion.