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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".
There are several instances in ancient Indian epic poetry of same sex depictions and unions by gods and goddesses.
There are several stories depicting love between those of the same sex, especially among kings and queens.
The Samurai period was one in which homosexuality was seen as particularly positive.In Persia homosexuality and homoerotic expressions were tolerated in numerous public places, from monasteries and seminaries to taverns, military camps, bathhouses, and coffee houses. The two most commonly documented forms were commercial sex with transgender young males or males enacting transgender roles exemplified by the köçeks and Sufi spiritual practices in which the practitioner admired the form of a beautiful boy in order to enter ecstatic states and glimpse the beauty of God.In the early Safavid era (1501–1723), male houses of prostitution (amrad khane) were legally recognized and paid taxes. In Assyrian society, sex crimes were punished identically whether they were homosexual or heterosexual.Later when Japanese society became pacified, the middle classes adopted many of the practices of the warrior class.Anthropologists Stephen Murray and Will Roscoe reported that women in Lesotho engaged in socially sanctioned "long term, erotic relationships" called motsoalle.