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Both male and female homosexuals are commonly referred to as gay while homosexual females are called lesbians.
Several studies suggest that first sexual attraction, whether for homosexuals, bisexuals, or heterosexuals, begins in middle childhood at about age 10.
It is not limited to heterosexual males, but includes women and homosexuals as well.
Persecution of homosexuals in such cultures is common.
The correct term or terms to use when referring to homosexuals varies widely by location and culture.