There is no animal species that doesn't practice homosexuality in some capacity

  • metta

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    Jun 24, 2009 7:15 PM GMT
    Of Gay Penguins and Lesbian Fruit Flies

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    Biology can be fun! Case in point, a new study by University of California researchers who have found that there is essentially no animal species that doesn't practice homosexuality in some capacity. In other words, and to rewrite that sentence because it uses a horrible double negative, homosexuality runs rampant through all species.

    And that would include us humans, too, despite what the Family Research Council or the Yes on 8 folks might think.

    Researchers Nathan Bailey and Marlene Zuk have found that same-sex couples exist in all walks of animal life, from insects to humans, and that same-sex relationships take on different meaning within many different types of species. Here's Bailey on the study:

    It's clear that same-sex sexual behaviour extends far beyond the well-known examples that dominate both the scientific and popular literature: for example, bonobos, dolphins, penguins and fruit flies. These are astoundingly variable between species, and even sometimes within species. For example, male fruit flies that cannot distinguish between the sexes because they lack a key gene might court and mount other males, but this has a wholly different origin and function than male-male sexual interactions in bottlenose dolphins, for example, which studies suggest maintain group cohesion.

    Dolphins, fruit flies, Goodeid fishes, humans...the list goes on and on for Bailey and Zuk. The implications? Well, that sexual orientation is likely biological, at least in some capacity. And while that worries some, who think that science might be used as a weapon to isolate any "gay" gene, there's a flip side to the argument that suggests that biologically, sexual orientation is no different than race, eye color, or shoe size.



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    http://gayrights.change.org/blog/view/of_gay_penguins_and_lesbian_fruit_flies
  • Timbales

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    Jun 24, 2009 7:20 PM GMT
    I don't practice, I've got the moves down.
  • metta

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    Jun 24, 2009 7:34 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidI don't practice, I've got the moves down.


    lol....I'm still working on mine. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 24, 2009 9:08 PM GMT
    I still practice. Even though I'm a natural.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jun 24, 2009 10:21 PM GMT
    While I agree that homosexuality is far more widespread in the animal kingdom than previously supposed, I am a bit of a contrarian and thus take issue with the thread's title. I feel the need to point out the Bdelloid rotifers, a group of animals that have been asexual for tens of millions of years. They're of immense interest in understanding the evolution of sexual reproduction in the first place, because they're such an odd finding: an animal that has been asexual for a very long period of time, and which has diversified since becoming asexual without going extinct due to either environmental change or predation/parasitism/disease.

    At least some animal ;) species have no homosexuality, as they have no sexuality at all.
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    Jun 24, 2009 10:52 PM GMT
    Now we just need a ridiculously cute documentary on gay critters. Maybe then everyone will realize we're the same on the inside.
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    Jun 24, 2009 11:36 PM GMT
    Somebody get Paris on the horn to do the Gay Critters documentary.

    ROFL.
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    Jun 25, 2009 12:09 AM GMT
    For years, discussions of "homosexuality among animals" has been used by researchers to point out that it is a natural phenomena in nature. It is indeed well documented that many species have members that pair-bond with the same sex.

    However, something else has also been recognized:
    Indeed, some researchers, notably Tim Clutton-Brock of the University of Cambridge, would say that "true" homosexuality -- if strictly defined as male anal penetration by males who show no interest in females -- is virtually unknown among wild mammals.

    http://www.subversions.com/french/pages/science/animals.html

  • styrgan

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    Jun 25, 2009 12:21 AM GMT
    RyanReBoRn said
    However, something else has also been recognized:
    Indeed, some researchers, notably Tim Clutton-Brock of the University of Cambridge, would say that "true" homosexuality -- if strictly defined as male anal penetration by males who show no interest in females -- is virtually unknown among wild mammals.

    http://www.subversions.com/french/pages/science/animals.html



    http://www.amazon.com/Biological-Exuberance-Homosexuality-Diversity-Stonewall/dp/031225377X
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    Jun 25, 2009 12:31 AM GMT
    Timberoo saidI don't practice, I've got the moves down.
    I wish to experience your moves *nods*
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    Jun 25, 2009 1:22 AM GMT
    Well a male dog tried to root one of my male dogs the other day, and I'm pleased to say, my boy was not having any of that!
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    Jun 25, 2009 1:23 AM GMT
    But the penguins have a good reasion to mince when the walk.icon_lol.gif