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KitSileya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 10:50 AM
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At the Museum of Natural History at the University of Oslo, Norway, they are opening an exhibition next month called 'Against the order of nature?' about homosexuality in the animal kingdom. According to the curator of the exhibition, zoologist Petter Bckman, homosexuality is both natural and necessary in the life of many species. Among the more famous species that practice homosexual sex are dolphins, lions, grampuses (grampi?), and especially pygmy chimpanzees.

Even interspecies gay sex isn't unusual. Homosexual sex is a social phenomenon, and most usual among animals that have complex social structures. In some cases, the homosexual relationships are fleeting, but in many instances they last a lifetime, especially in species that mate for life like geese and ducks. In many species, like the pygmy chimpanzees, some individuals are exclusively homosexual throughout their lives.

As Dr. Bckman says, while there are some species where there has never been observed instances of sex between same sex partners, it has never been proven conclusively that some species do not practice gay sex, except in species that do not have sex at all. He also describes how the scientists often hide instances of sex between same sex partners in the animal kingdom, either because they are prejudiced, or because they are afraid they'll be ridiculed. They also neglect to see gay sex for what it is, for example when they report any instance when male giraffes show interest in female giraffes as sex, but describe full anal intercourse with orgasm between two male giraffes as dominance, competition, or 'saying hello'.

The exhibition will open in the middle of October, and be open until next summer.
Information taken from an article in the University of Oslo's Apollon magazine (link to the Norwegian article) and translated and paraphrased by me.
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