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It was ruled that even a man who was "disreputable and questionable" had the same right as other citizens not to have his body subjected to forced sex.A male classified as infamis, such as a prostitute or actor, could not as a matter of law be raped, nor could a slave, who was legally classified as property; the slave's owner, however, could prosecute the rapist for property damage.In book XIII of his Deipnosophists, the Roman Greek rhetorician and grammarian Athenaeus, repeating assertions made by Diodorus Siculus in the 1st century BC (Bibliotheca historica ), wrote that Celtic women were beautiful but that the men preferred to sleep together.Diodorus went further, stating that "the young men will offer themselves to strangers and are insulted if the offer is refused".By the end of the 4th century, after the Roman Empire had come under Christian rule, passive homosexuality was punishable by burning. The practice had died out by the early 20th century, after Europeans had gained control of African countries, but was recounted to Evans-Pritchard by the elders to whom he spoke.In feudal Japan, homosexuality was recognized, between equals (bi-do), in terms of pederasty (wakashudo), and in terms of prostitution.
which requires abstinence from women at certain times".
For intersex rights, see Intersex rights by country and Intersex human rights.
Laws affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people vary greatly by country or territory—everything from legal recognition of same-sex marriage or other types of partnerships, to the death penalty as punishment for same-sex romantic/sexual activity or identity.
The younger partner in a pederastic relationship often was expected to make the first move; the opposite was true in ancient Greece.
In religious circles, same-sex love spread to the warrior (samurai) class, where it was customary for a boy in the wakashū age category to undergo training in the martial arts by apprenticing to a more experienced adult man.
His consort Sporus appeared in public as Nero's wife wearing the regalia that was customary for the Roman empress.