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Did Homosexuality Evolve In Humans, Or Is The Entire Animal Kingdom One Big Glory Hole?

In seven thousands seven hundred words (plus or minus a few, depending on how your pirated copy of MS Office counts words), the Times‘s Jon Mooallem explores whether animals, aside from humans, can be gay. It is a doozy! But on the up side, if you know anything about albatrosses, penguins, or whales, you know the answer is a resounding Yes, but also, Things Are Not Always What They Appear.

On:           Mar 31, 2010
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    • Cam

      The fact that in the article it states that even though for years scientists had been seeing two eggs in the next of these bird couples that only were supposed to lay one egg, and that their response was not to investigate, but rather to say that the eggs must have just rolled in, shows that they weren’t very interested in the truth. These are people who spend their lives investigating, a bit shocking that they never bothered to investigate large discrepencies. Additionally, the fact that when the researchers found out that 1/3 of this one bird colony were same sex, and she stated that they had to be very careful in the wording of their report…shows that there is still pressure to not report these types of discoveries. Would they have had to be careful in wording a report if they’d discovered that 1/3 of the birds ate their own eggs, didn’t know how to fly, turned orange after they drank salt water etc…?

      Mar 31, 2010 at 12:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel

      Anyone that has ever worked on a farm knows that animals can undoubtedly be gay. I’ve seen more gay pigs than I can count

      Mar 31, 2010 at 12:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ogre Magi

      There are also a lot of bay bears

      Mar 31, 2010 at 1:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ogre Magi

      I mean gay bears, sorry!

      Mar 31, 2010 at 2:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adam

      there’s a lot in the bay area too though, so you weren’t too far off.

      Mar 31, 2010 at 3:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Yuki

      Unfortunately, this won’t change anything. The same people who insist “it’s not natural!” insist “we’re not animals!” when you show them the evidence.

      Mar 31, 2010 at 5:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chip

      Joe Quirk’s rollicking book, “It’s not you, it’s biology” has a great survey of gay times in the animal kingdom. It’s even got footnotes. A great read.

      Mar 31, 2010 at 6:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tina


      Try that article. As a lesbian I’ve struggled with this, since I’m also a wildlife management & evolutionary/genetic scientist…this article is VERY well written and offers so me additional caveats and suggestions to the theory of evolution and Kin Selection.

      Mar 31, 2010 at 8:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      The funny thing is, first the nut-jobs said that homosexuality was an evil human invention and since animals didn’t engage in it, it couldn’t be biological. NOW they are saying that SINCE animals engge in it, it is wrong. Gotta Love consitincy.

      Apr 1, 2010 at 10:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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