All homosexual behavior is forbidden among Jews, but some actions are clearly Torah prohibitions (e.g. mishkav zachar), while some might be Rabbinic in nature (e.g. lesbian relations). Are all of these forbidden for non-Jews, or may non-Jews perform some behaviors that are Rabbinically prohibited to Jews?

Here are my thoughts: On the one hand, I would have thought that Rabbinic prohibitions should not apply to non-Jews at all. On the other hand, the very fact that lesbian relations are looked down upon as maaseh Mitzrayim ("the way of the Egyptians") would seem to imply that it is bad for non-Jews to perform them as well.

In addition, for some homosexual relations there is an argument among the Rishonim about whether they are Torah or Rabbinic prohibitions (e.g. forms of male intimacy that fall under the prohibition of lo tikrevu). We hold by those who say that they are prohibited by the Torah, but I wonder whether non-Jews might be able to rely on those who say that they are only Rabbinically prohibited for Jews, and therefore possibly permitted to non-Jews.

  • I've looked at the following question but it doesn't answer my main questions here: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/16257/…
    – user3318
    Nov 5, 2013 at 17:02
  • The second paragraph seems like a duplicate of judaism.stackexchange.com/q/30418/759
    – Double AA
    Nov 5, 2013 at 17:23
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    See Rambam (Hil. M'lachim, 9:6): וחייב על הזכור בין קטן בין גדול. As far as מעשה ארץ מצרים, "bad" ≠ strictly forbidden.
    – Fred
    Nov 5, 2013 at 18:02
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    If the end of the question is referring to לא תקרבו, even if it is דאורייתא I don't think it applies to בני נח
    – wfb
    Nov 5, 2013 at 21:02
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    I don't know what lavin you are talking about, but גילוי עריות means something very specific for Jews as well as for non-Jews and קריבה is not that
    – wfb
    Nov 6, 2013 at 3:50


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