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** Can Animals Be Gay? **

Jeff Koons for The New York Times


Published: March 31, 2010

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The Laysan albatross is a downy seabird with a seven-foot wingspan and a
notched, pale yellow beak. Every November, a small colony of albatrosses
assembles at a place called Kaena Point, overlooking the Pacific at the
foot of a volcanic range, on the northwestern tip of Oahu, Hawaii. Each
bird has spent the past six months in solitude, ranging over open water as
far north as Alaska, and has come back to the breeding ground to reunite
with its mate. Albatrosses can live to be 60 or 70 years old and typically
mate with the same bird every year, for life. Their “divorce rate,” as
biologists term it, is among the lowest of any bird.


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Roy and Silo, two Central Park Zoo male Chinstrap Penguins similar to those
pictured, became internationally known when they successfully hatched and
cared for an egg.^[1]
Couple of two male mallard ducks in a nature reserve in Germany

For these animals, there is documented evidence of homosexual behavior of
one or more of the following kinds: sex, courtship, affection, pair
bonding, or parenting, as noted in researcher and author Bruce Bagemihl's
1999 book /Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural

Bagemihl writes that the presence of same-sex sexual behavior was not
'officially' observed on a large scale until the 1990s due to possible
observer bias caused by social attitudes towards LGBT people making the
homosexual theme taboo.^[2]^[3] Bagemihl devotes three chapters; /Two
Hundred Years at Looking at Homosexual Wildlife/, /Explaining (Away) Animal
Homosexuality/ and /Not For Breeding Only/ in his 1999 book /Biological
Exuberance/ to the "documentation of systematic prejudices" where he notes
"the /present ignorance/ of biology lies precisely in its single-minded
attempt to find reproductive (or other) "explanations" for homosexuality,
transgender, and non-procreative and alternative heterosexualities.^[4]
Petter Bøckman, academic adviser for the /Against Nature?/ exhibit
stated "[M]any researchers have described homosexuality as something
altogether different from sex. They must realise that animals can have sex
with who they will, when they will and without consideration to a
researcher's ethical principles". Homosexual behavior is found amongst
social birds and mammals, particularly the sea mammals and the

Animal sexual behavior takes many different forms, even within the same
species and the motivations for and implications of their behaviors have


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