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LGBT (also GLBT) and variations are initialisms used to refer collectively to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and queer-identified people. Variations that are sometimes used include—but are not limited to—adding "Q" for queer or questioning, "I" for intersex, or "A" for asexual. While LGBT is often used as a short way to refer to the various LGBT demographic groups, LGBT individuals themselves usually identify by other labels (such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer), or by no label at all.

Around the world, government policies regarding LGBT people range from the death penalty for sexual acts to civil marriages or partnerships for same-gender couples. Living conditions around the world also range from near-unanimous acceptance of public displays of affection to total discrimination in all areas such as housing or employment.

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Young men sipping tea and having sex. Individual panel from a hand scroll on homosexual themes, paint on silk; China, Qing Dynasty (eighteenth to nineteenth centuries); Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, Indiana, United States

Homosexuality has been documented in China since ancient times. None of the major Chinese religions consider homosexual acts as sin as many Abrahamic religions do. Therefore, as long as a man did his duty and sired children, it was his private affair to have male lovers. Scholar Pan Guangdan (潘光旦) came to the conclusion that many emperors in the Han Dynasty had one or more male sex partners. Emperor Ai was particularly noted for his strong devotion to his companion Dong Xian. Lesbian relationships on the other hand were rare or at least were not mentioned much in Chinese literature of the time.

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Oscar Wilde
Credit: Photo by Napoleon Sarony (1821–1896)
Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and author of short stories. Known for his barbed wit, he was one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day.

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García Lorca as a teenager

Federico García Lorca (5 June 1898 – 19 August 1936), one of Spain's most prominent poets to this day, was also a dramatist and theater director. He achieved international recognition as an emblematic member of the Generation of '27. His poetry collections include Canciones ("Songs", 1927) and Romancero Gitano ("Gypsy Ballads", 1928), the latter being his best-known book. García Lorca is thought to be one of the many thousands who were executed by Fascists at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.

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