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Can Animals Be Gay?

Friday, April 02, 2010

Jon Mooallem explores homosexual activity in the animal world—from albatrosses to flamingos, bison, and even warthogs. He looks into what humans perceive as “natural” behavior, and examines how various forms of homosexual activity has been documented in over 450 different species. His article “Can Animals Be Gay?” appears in the New York Times magazine Sunday, April 4.

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Jon Mooallem

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Comments [4]

Pam from NY

Have the cohabiting albatroses mated with the same male? (Are they a harem?)

Apr. 02 2010 12:53 PM
Tom

Is it all possible for animals to change gender?

Apr. 02 2010 12:51 PM
Chris B. from UWS

Why are those Albatrosses thought of as "homosexual" even though there is no actual sexual encounter between the same sex female pairs? They just raise the egg together, but still have sex with males.

Wouldn't discussion of other animals who do engage in sexual activity with same sex partners be more relevant to the concept of learning something about human sexual activity through animals?

Apr. 02 2010 12:47 PM
Richard from Hollywood

I would say yes. Gerbils, Squirrels and very small non poisonous snakes are definitely gay.

Apr. 02 2010 12:01 PM

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