Outnumbered, I scurried for sources, but couldn't remember any. All I recalled was some TV special I saw, an urban legend that farmers killed their queer non-mating animals, the gay penguins at the Central Park Zoo and the man in New York that sold gay dogs. Of course, the specifics escaped me when I needed them most. "King gay?" Gay friends can be so facetious!
Well, just over a year after my reputation was tarnished, Geir Soeli, the project leader of the exhibition entitled "Against Nature" at the Oslo Natural History Museum tells Reuters:
"Homosexuality has been observed for more than 1,500 animal species, and is well documented for 500 of them."Soeli's exhibition about homosexuality and animals shows that homosexuality can't be "unnatural." A statement in the exhibition says,
"We may have opinions on a lot of things, but one thing is clear -- homosexuality is found throughout the animal kingdom, it is not against nature."Soeli also cites Greek philosopher Aristotle's observations of gay hyenas 2,300 years ago and bisexual Bonobos, a type of chimpanzee.
Thank you, Geir Soeli! Can I have my crown now, fellas?
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