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King Penguins aren’t gay, they’re horny and bisexual

When there aren’t enough members of the opposite sex around, king penguins will pair off into gay couples. In zoos these couples have been given fertilised eggs and successfully hatched them and reared the chicks. Gay penguin couples will often split up and go off to find same sex partners later. The report doesn’t make it clear whether the penguins cycled between same and opposite sex partners.

Some people are trying to suggest that this somehow trumps all the other evidence of gay behaviour in hundreds of species, which is a typically huge logical jump. All it proves is that penguins are mostly bi.

The Daily Mail supports gay adoption!

So long as the gay adoptive parents are flamingos, anyway. Carlos and Fernando, Greater Flamingos living at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, have a history of stealing eggs from straight birds and hatching them (which got them in the news last year). So when a chick was abandoned keepers stuffed it into a broken egg which they left in Carlos and Fernando’s nest so they could bond with it when it “hatched”. So far the little bird’s two dads are doing a fine job of raising it.

Big Gay Al's Big Gay Animal Museum

The Natural History Museum in Oslo is holding an exhibition all about homosexuality in the animal kingdom. It would be nice to think that at some point the bigots would get the point and stop talking nonsense about it being “unnatural”, but the comments on the article show they have a way to go yet.

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The only gay sheep in the pasture

Scientists in the USA say they have managed to make gay sheep straight. Treatment involved modifying hormone levels in the brain until they stopped looking at the rams and became interested in ewes. Which sounds like a funny little experiment until you realise that there are now homophobic idiots out there getting all excited at the prospect of being able to “cure” gay people.

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The big gay animal kingdom

Homosexual behaviour has been recorded in over 450 vertebrate species. Joan Roughgarden, a professor of biology at Stanford University, believes this shows that same sex relationships are important evolutionary attributes and has written Evolutions Rainbow – Gender & Sexuality in Nature to highlight this.

Giraffes have all-male orgies. So do bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, gray whales, and West Indian manatees. Japanese macaques, on the other hand, are ardent lesbians; the females enthusiastically mount each other. Bonobos, one of our closest primate relatives, are similar, except that their lesbian sexual encounters occur every two hours. Male bonobos engage in “penis fencing,” which leads, surprisingly enough, to ejaculation. They also give each other genital massages.

As this list of activities suggests, having homosexual sex is the biological equivalent of apple pie: Everybody likes it. At last count, over 450 different vertebrate species could be beheaded in Saudi Arabia. You name it, there’s a vertebrate out there that does it. Nevertheless, most biologists continue to regard homosexuality as a sexual outlier. According to evolutionary theory, being gay is little more than a maladaptive behavior.

via BoingBoing

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Of course they're gay! They're pink!

Carlos and Fernando are male flamingos at the Slimbridge wildfowl reserve in Gloucestershire. They’re inseperable, performing mating dances every year and raising chicks.

“They have been known to fight the heterosexual birds and steal their eggs. There is usually a ‘handbags-at-10 yards’ moment where they scrap with the couple before stealing the egg.

“They are very good parents though and behave just as the heterosexual birds do when rearing their young.”

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