Gay genes in animals

fluffykontbiscuits

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Seems its not just humans...

King penguins do not form long-term homosexual pairs despite same-sex "flirting", one of the first evidence-based studies has revealed.

Researchers found that over a quarter of the birds in one colony displayed in same-sex pairs, yet only two pairs bonded by learning each other's calls and both were later seen caring for eggs in heterosexual pairs.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9093000/9093531.stm
 


ocoonassa

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Seems its not just humans...

No. The ghey is in lots of species.

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I think there are recorded examples of homosexuality in nearly all species.
Will dig up links for you later.
 

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Spotty used to think being gay was a choice. Then he met Mrs. Spotty. Now he WISHES gay was a choice.
 

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A gay gene seems unlikely, hardly going to be a widely inherited trait. Just an observation.

There is lot's of homosexuality in animals, besides the obvious ones like dolphins and pygmy chimps (both seem happy to shag anything that moves) there's a load of random examples. I think San Francisco Zoo had a gay animal thing a few years ago. I searched for it on google but it's old and the results all seem to be about a gay penguin pair they had that have split up and to be honest I'm not looking to deeply into "gay+animal" results on google, my mind's messed up enough without randomly clicking that stuff.
 

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Is this "GAY" that you speak of contagious??
 

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Well I just read the above article and there does seem to be some class of gene responsible. I mean if it is so widespread the environment certainly cant be counted as each environment is different and most animals certainly are not capable of making lifestyle choices!
The environment which is universal in almost every mammal is the womb. I think there was some reasearch that said homosexuality might be due to hormonal levels in the mother during pregnancy and how that affects gender identity.
 

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This just proves that gay penguins are promiscuous and do not deserve gaypenguin marriage.
 

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The environment which is universal in almost every mammal is the womb. I think there was some reasearch that said homosexuality might be due to hormonal levels in the mother during pregnancy and how that affects gender identity.
Technically speaking gender identity and sexual orientation are two different things.
 

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It's unlikely as homosexual couples have some difficulties procreating naturally which makes homosexuality a fairly difficult trait to pass on. Maybe a ressisive gene but it still seems fairly limited.

If I remember correctly, gender identity and sexual orientation are on a bell curve, as reasearch went, a flood of hormones at certain points in the development of the child will override genetic information and make physical changes to the brain and body that mismatch genetic/physical traits to personality traits.
 

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Well I just read the above article and there does seem to be some class of gene responsible
I don't see how such a gene for being gay would be getting passed along :confused:
 

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It's unlikely as homosexual couples have some difficulties procreating naturally which makes homosexuality a fairly difficult trait to pass on. Maybe a ressisive gene but it still seems fairly limited.
It is fairly limited, between 4 and 8% of the population. It can be easily passed on through siblings. Some research suggests one of the genes that may be responsible is on the X chromosome, a woman with a gay brother has a 50% chance of sharing one X chromosome with her brother.

Research also suggests that women who have gay brothers have heavy periods and are more fertile than average women.
 


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