Question: Gay Animals?
Well, the answer to this is complicated. I think we oversimplify when we try to assign labels of sexual identity or orientation to animals, because they seem to be engaging in some sort of behavior we think of as same sex coupling.
When I see animals labelled as gay I have noticed that it’s actually a variety of behaviors…
Sometimes, animals (like lions) will form same sex pairs, usually when they’re younger, often with siblings or closely related animals, that spend a lot of time together and display affection.
Sometimes, animals that have been unable to find a mate during mating season, late in the breeding season will form same sex pair bonds that last the rest of that season. Sometimes, an unpaired animal of the same sex will pair with an animal that has offspring but has lost its mate, again this lasts til the end of the mating season.
Many male animals can be seen to perform sexual acts (mount and fuck) on other males of the same species (sometimes even other species). In most of the mammal species I’ve heard of, it’s from younger males. There are a number of explanations that ring true to me: establishing dominance, practicing sexual maneuvers, and also fucking is fun and it feels good and why not fuck that guy over there too? I bet llamas like sport fucking as much as I do.
Let’s not forget that sex is a form of social currency and communication amongst some animals, regardless of sex (bonobos and spotted hyenas).
So, what we’ve just talked about is at least 3 different aspects of animal behavior: pair bonding, nesting/raising young, and actual sexual intercourse. What is rare in the animal kingdom is the most stringent idea of what it might mean, to many, to “be gay”, and that is engaging habitually (or exclusively) through life in all 3 of those things.
What do YOU mean when you say gay? What should people in the media mean, if they are to call animals or their behavior gay? Is it better to just describe it without using the limiting sexual and gender terms we use for ourselves? Should we really be using the Kinsey scale for animal behavior? Is she really going to wear THAT to migration? Also… what is with THIS. BITCH. ?! Oh hell no…
- As a response to a question by mur-dere:
“I have a question, if I may. Whenever I’ve seen a video (both on the TV or online) where animals displayed homosexual behavior, the commentator (on TV) or the views (online) would be quick to say “This is not gay in the least! The male is just trying to ‘establish dominance’. This behavior is essentially straight because it’s aim is to get females. No homo!” What’s your opinion? Is it a fact or is it an excuse we use to make homosexual behavior in nature seem less icky to us?”