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Great video from Singapore! Religion will NEVER succeed in stifling our pride and soaring spirit.
You are absolutely correct. In fact, in many species which live in groups, fertile offspring and other relatives are discouraged from breeding. Breeding occurs among the high ranking members, while the rest of the family helps to raise the next generation. "It takes a village."
It is only when those who break out to find mates and form their own groups, are allowed to breed. Meerkats, wolves, African dogs and gerbils are a few of the species which live in this manner. There are also species of birds where older siblings help to raise the newest arrivals.
In humans, having gay relatives to help raise your young is a biological advantage as well as enabling the gay person to pass on his genes through nieces and nephews.
The problem with some scientists is that they are human, so they carry their personal prejudices with them.
Before I slam scientists, allow me to praise science. Science is simply the study of life and it can answer every question. For example, only through science will we learn about black holes, dark energy and dark matter. If we never find all of the answers to our questions about these things, it is not because science has failed us, but because we are lacking in our knowledge, equipment, and ability to research something. This just all means that it is our own human failings which sometimes keep us from knowing the answers or solutions to scientific questions. For too long, scientists have hidden facts about the sexuality of non-human animals. I have been around animals all of my life, many more species than the average person, and although bisexuality seems to exists at a higher rate than homosexuality, both exists with obvious frequency.
There was a comment made about, "Oh Fluffy is jealous of the baby." Well guess what, step away from your white jacket for a moment, Fluffy is jealous of the baby. Fluffy now understands that this other life form is getting attention and that he is getting less attention.
There was a time when some of the maniac "scientists" made claims that non-humans animals could not feel pain. While they were torturing a dog in the lab, did they not go home and say, "Sorry boy," when they stepped on Fluffy's tail, knowing that it was obvious that Fluffy feels pain?
While it is true that we humans can be quite ridiculous sometimes in assigning our cultural wants and desires on our pets, is it any less ridiculous to deny other animals with brains and nerve endings, and who live complicated lives with social activities, feelings of pain, boredom, fear, and love?
Just as slave owners and conquers deny the feelings, pain, and emotions of those people they subjugate, scientists have done that to non-human animals, and religion has done that to both non-human animals and the LGBT community. At one time scientists also bought into the ill treatment of LGBT people. The problem is not with science, it is with some of the people who work in science.
If two non-human animals of the same sex are coming together for sexual gratification (I have seen it myself), then they are engaged in homosexual activity. No one needs a committee, a dissection of the brain, or the church to give us permission to see the obvious.
So while Fluffy doesn't care if he is wearing a rainbow collar or not, he certainly may care about engaging in rainbow activities.
from BBC. The Hunt for the Gay Whale Can animals really be gay? Some biologists argue that they can, and that their experiences challenge Darwin's theories of evolution. Hermione Cockburn investigates. (I thought E O Wilson explained "gayness" with his theory of altruism. - Gary) audio stream: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01k1mwp/The_Hunt_for_the_Gay_...
Hey, just an idea. It seems to invariably come up more often than not while I'm watching/reading news stories that Republicans don't like taxes or gay people. So, call your Republican representative (if you don't have one, call any republican representative, I'm sure they will take your call) and get them to ban gay people paying taxes! 2 birds with one stone! You have reduced taxes, plus since gay people no longer have to pay taxes, politically the Republicans have sidelined the "Gay Agenda". Of course, the tax burden will shift to myself and others, but what's one more straw to support. lol! (Tongue firmly in cheek).
I used to be like that, too, Sentient. However, I felt overwhelmed. Now, I just follow them all on twitter. I am a regular on Queerty because of the snarky tone. I am like that anyway, so I fit right in there.
So you guys should totally help me out and go read and comment.
Sentient, I read Queerty, Huffington Post Gay Voices, Veracity Stew, and I am a US Politics writer for Surface Earth, where I focus on as much LGBT stuff as possible I also belong to countless gay groups on Facebook and Google+.
LOL! At least bigots can be a little entertaining in their stupidity.
Sentient, I have the Topix gay news feed and the Box Turtle Bulletin blog on my news homepage which I view regularly. Yeah, they do have lots of bad news, but that's the reality of what we're fighting against. It only empowers me to be more active and vocal. Of course, not all the news is bad, so these sites are a good way to keep me informed on our group progress as well. You're sure not going to find that in the mainstream media news.
Every now and then, as with politics and religious fanaticism, I need to get away and take a short breather to regain my sanity and to recharge. I know how you feel.
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