It Turns Out That Homosexuality Isn't Just Present In Humans, But Animals Too

It Turns Out That Homosexuality Isn't Just Present In Humans, But Animals Too

The argument that ‘homosexuality isn’t natural’ isn’t just narrow-minded and old-fashioned: it is also rather misinformed! It turns out that homosexuality has been seen in nature throughout the animal kingdom for as long as we have been around.

Love without barriers

Homo, hetero, bi, animals don’t really care about these labels, and they show their love very freely. In a book recently published by Albin Michel about homosexuality in animals, the French scientific journalist and ethologist Fleur Daugey explain that ‘homosexuality is one of the possible options for animals to adapt to their various environments so that they can reproduce.’ In his book, the author compiled the conclusions of his study involving 1500 different species.

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Lions have often been filmed engaging in sexual intercourse like this, just like both male and female dolphins. Bonobos are fully bisexual creatures, while black Australian swans have even been seen following this lifestyle, forming same-sex-parent families.

Scientific taboo

But why aren’t there many studies on animal homosexuality? Simply put, for a long time, scientists refused to do research into it. Fleur Daugey explains in her book that from the Roman times until the 20th century, specialists of fauna studied the behaviour of species by equating sexist and homophobic prejudices against them. The author gives the partridge as an example, which, in the 18th century, was seen as a very dirty bird, sadly known for its homosexual behaviour and other abominable copulations’! It was impossible for them to recognise in nature what was poorly judged by mankind!

But there’ll be further zoological studies on animal studies to come. Without a doubt, these studies will confirm that animals don’t care about gender, just love!

• Anna Wilkins
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