1. Kosta Lookas Kosta Lookas Australia says:

    Not one example in the animal world of homosexual partnering for life; as an effort to show that homosexuality is a natural proclivity.
    The sexual progressives like to point to the animal world as evidence that it's a natural phenomenon, but many seem to "grow out of it", or in some way, it's an act of desperation: "any port in a storm". Like a randy dog; even a table leg will do.
    Even animals seem to show a preference for "straight" sex; but not humans for some reason.

    • Joyce Harris Joyce Harris United States says:

      To be accurate; people need to face the truth. I would much rather know the truth than to deny what is the truth and make myself seem ignorant. Need to research the animal kingdom if there is any doubt. Here is just one article of the animal kingdom and homosexuality. Scientific studies and references
      In 1995, zoologist Konrad Lorenz published a study in which he studied the behaviour of 1,500 animal species. He observed that 450 of these exhibited sexual intercourse, courtship, emotional bonds, partnership and even child-rearing behaviour between homosexual individuals. From primates to intestinal parasites.

      A decade later, a study conducted by Dr. Nathan Bailey at the University of California, published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution, confirmed that examples of sexual behaviour between same-sex individuals could be found in all species of the animal kingdom.

      These behaviours were different for each species, but in most cases they were an advantageous, evolutionary mechanism. For example, in the case of dolphins, males use sex to bond  with other males and form alliances. In other species, such as fruit flies and insects in general, homosexuality occurs because of their inability to differentiate between sexes.

      Giraffe Ithala KZN South Africa by Luca Galuzzi | [CC BY-SA 2.5]
      Giraffe Ithala KZN South Africa by Luca Galuzzi | [CC BY-SA 2.5]
      Gay geese and evolutionary theory
      Geese are monogamous animals. They spend their lives with a single mate and only look for another if the first one dies. In Canada, according to some sources, up to 30% of these mates are homosexual.

      The biologist Kurt Kotrschal, following on from the studies of Konrad Lorenz, has devoted many years to studying these animals. His research supports the idea that homosexuality is useful for the species. In 1963, Lorenz stated that male mates are more likely to occupy a higher level within geese colonies. This allows them to fertilise solitary females, while continuing with their same sex partners. This is one of the theories that reports the evolutionary advantage of homosexuality, but it is not the only one.

      These studies explore the idea of homosexual behaviour as an evolutionary response to environmental changes. The environment is what determines these changes, driving species to change their sexual and affective behaviours.

      Pair of Canadian Geese (Branta canadensis) on the shore. By Ger Bosma Photos | Shutterstock.com
      Pair of Canadian Geese (Branta canadensis) on the shore. By Ger Bosma Photos | Shutterstock.com
      Other animals with homosexual behaviour
      In the case of American bison, polecats or elephants, both males and females have been observed courting and mating with others the same sex. In the case of giraffes, 9 out of 10 couplings occur between males. Bonobos form matriarchal societies, where 60% of sexual relations occur between females. In lions, 8% of mating observed are among males, and in the case of dogs, numerous research studies affirm the existence of patterns of homosexual behaviour.

      As for birds, all species that form parental relationships do so, to a greater or lesser extent, with members of the same sex. As many as a quarter of black swans are homosexual. Penguins have even struck up same-sex relationships in zoos in different parts of the world. Studies have shown that up to 85% of lesbian pairs are found in populations of western seagulls. And they’re not the only ones. Pigeons, vultures, ibis, lizards, sheep, macaques, hyenas, flies, dragonflies and countless other animal species are challenging the notion that homosexuality is “unnatural”.

      Male Lions. By Laurence Barnes
      Male Lions. By Laurence Barnes
      The social taboo against science
      It is interesting to note how the strong rejection of homosexuality by most societies throughout history has disadvantaged the emergence of a very different reality. A reality in which relationships between individuals of the same sex occur in all species and are part of their evolutionary development.

      Thierry Lodé, a biologist specialising in animal sexuality, explains how the scientific community, influenced by the Judeo-Christian heritage, has for a long time viewed homosexual practices in animals as a pathology or disturbance.

      In most cases, studies on this subject were avoided for fear of rejection by the scientific community and the wider social context marked by machismo and homophobia. Even today, it remains a taboo subject in many parts of the world where homosexuality is forbidden or even punishable by death.

      Like I said, this is only one example of animal studies that show the animal kingdom is mostly normal in it's homosexual life styles.

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