Is Homophobia Natural?

Andrew Sullivan —  Mar 8 2012 @ 10:29am

Not in the animal kingdom:

Homosexual behavior has been documented in hundreds of animal species, but the  same does not hold for gay-bashing. For starters, few animals are exclusively gay. Two female Japanese GT_GAYPENGUINS_120306macaques might have playful sex with each other on Tuesday, then mate with males on Wednesday. Pairs of male elephants sometimes form years-long companionships that include sexual activity, while their heterosexual couplings tend to be one-night stands. For these and many other species, sexual preferences seem to be fluid rather than binary: Gay sex doesn’t make them gay, and straight sex doesn’t make them straight. In these cases, the concept of homophobia simply doesn’t apply.

(Photo: Female penguin 'Schumi' (L) watches male penguin pair 'Sechs Punkt' (Six Point) and 'Schraegstrich' (Slash) cuddling on February 11, 2005 at the Bremerhaven zoo, where three male homosexual penguin couples live. Although the zoo imported four female penguins from a Swedish zoo last January, the males still don't show any interest in them. By David Hecker /AFP /Getty Images.)