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See Homophobia Given how confusing and overloaded various terms can be, when specificity is important new terms are starting to be pressed into service.For example, men who have sex with men, or MSM for short, is sometimes used in the medical community when specifically discussing sexual behaviour (regardless of sexual orientation or self-identification).

Most nations do not impede consensual sex between unrelated individuals above the local age of consent.

Some jurisdictions further recognise equal rights, protections and privileges for the family structures of same-sex couples, including marriage.

Same-sex attraction focuses on spontaneous feeling, but de-emphasises identification with a demographic or cultural group, and also leaves open the possibilty for co-existing opposite-sex attraction.

Homoerotic is a synonym for same-sex attraction, that is used to refer both to personal feelings and works of art.

Homosexuality is usually contrasted with heterosexuality and bisexuality (see sexual orientation).