The Naturalness of Homosexuality


Homosexual bonding and sex are ubiquitous in nature, despite the ignorant attempts of the far right to describe it as "unnatural". A new exhibition in Norway finally presents the evidence in full, inspired by Bruce Bagemihl's ground-breaking book, "Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity." Money quote:

Bagemihl had scoured every scientific journal and paper he could lay his hands on for references to homosexuality in animals. Tucked away at the end of long and erudite texts, or consigned to footnotes and appendices, he found that homosexuality had been observed in no fewer than 1,500 species, and well documented in 500 of them. The earliest mention of animal homosexuality probably came 2,300 years ago when Aristotle described two female hyenas cavorting with each other.

Bagemihl's book provided the inspiration for this exhibition, and any notion that homosexuality is a uniquely human trait is quickly disposed of. You are greeted by a pair of swans — the very symbols of romantic love — who turn out to be a female couple. "Up to a fifth of all pairs are all male or all female," reads the accompanying text.

Then you come to the photograph of the whales "penis fencing" above which hang — for no apparent reason — two actual whale penises, both several feet long and looking like stretched and desiccated turnips. Some of the male whales meet year after year, says Bockman, while their relations with females are fleeting at best.

Homosexuality is as much a part of God's creation as heterosexuality. And those who refuse to acknowledge this are denying ... reality.

(Illustration: the charming children's book, "And Tango Makes Three.")