She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous other honors.
Some prefer to simply follow an individual's self-definition or identity.
See homosexuality and bisexuality for criteria that have traditionally denoted lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people.
The Pew Research Center's 2003 Global Attitudes Survey found that "[p]eople in Africa and the Middle East strongly object to societal acceptance of homosexuality.
The definition of sexual orientation has changed greatly over time and the word "gay" wasn't used to describe sexual orientation until the 20th century.
A number of different classification schemes have been used to describe sexual orientation since the mid-19th century.
This is a partial list of famous people who were or identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual.
Famous people who are simply rumored to be gay, lesbian or bisexual, are not listed, but since it is difficult to provide proof of a historical person's sexuality, they may be included where there are reliable sources.
Much of the research about sexual orientation has failed to define the term at all, making it difficult to reconcile the results of different studies.However, most definitions include a psychological component (such as the direction of an individual's erotic desire) and/or a behavioural component (which focuses on the sex of the individual's sexual partner/s).But there is far greater tolerance for homosexuality in major Latin American countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil. Majorities in every Western European nation surveyed say homosexuality should be accepted by society, while most Russians, Poles and Ukrainians disagree.an American politician, and a leader of the Civil Rights movement.A Democrat, she was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, the first Southern African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives.at the House Judiciary Committee hearings on the impeachment of President Nixon, and as the first African-American woman to deliver a keynote address at a Democratic National Convention.