This post is more of an information sharing post on homosexuality in primates, the question has been asked by inquiring minds as to whether or not animals are capable of same sex attraction. Can animals be gay? Well, bonobo chimps are well known for exhibiting homosexual behavior, most notably of the lesbian variety. I’ll admit that using terms like “lesbianism” or “gay” in reference to apes sounds somewhat unscientific, but the article I’m going to share titled Mountain gorilla lesbian sex recorded for the first time uses these terms as well, so for simplicities sake I will occasionally use them here. The article states:
Scientists have reported gorillas in Africa having lesbian sex for the first time ever. A team from the University of Western Australia observed 44 instances of female-on-female sex among wild mountain gorillas, based in the Rwandan section of the Virunga mountain range in central Africa.
Some of the animals “exhibited a higher propensity for same-sex acts,” and some pairs, or “dyads,” also exhibited a tendency toward same-sex acts, according to the PLOS study. Of all the same-sex acts noted, 30 involved two adult females, four involved two subadult females and ten involved one adult and one subadult female.
It is possible that female gorillas engage in lesbian sex to satisfy an urge after experiencing sexual frustration when they are rejected by males, the scientists speculate.
Interesting, can gorillas have female social outcasts, the primitive ape equivalent of a rejected fat lesbian feminist that only became a lesbian because no man would have her?
The study did not find evidence clearly supporting other theories, such as sex being an expression of dominance by a higher-status female over another, or as part of a strategy to cultivate a long-term social bond.
While many species of male primates have been known for years to engage in homosexual behaviour,females have generally been the subject of far less scrutiny. Female gorillas in Uganda have also been observed engaging in same-gender sex, but the encounters have not been reviewed in a scientific journal.
The observation of same-gender sexual activity among wild animals was crucial to the early debate about gay human sex because it was evidence that such behaviour is natural and innate.
The Australian team, led by Dr Cyril Grueter, set out to “shed light on the evolutionary origins of homosexuality,” because gorillas are closely linked to humans. But team members were surprised at the number of times lesbian sex was observed; most copulations first involved typical solicitation or courtship behaviour seen in heterosexual encounters.
Dominant males occasionally interrupted female-on-female sex aggressively, though others were unconcerned, the team reported.
The researchers also noted the two female gorillas tried to seek privacy. There was a “tendency for such copulations to take place in secluded places with dense vegetation,” possibly to “avoid a negative response” by the dominant male silverback gorilla.
“Same-sex sexual contacts among females are clearly a component of the behavioural repertoire of mountain gorillas, albeit a relatively infrequent one,” concluded the study.
Fascinating, The silver-backed alpha male seeks to break up these primate lesbian trysts, could it be that in the social hierarchies of these animals an as of yet only observed in humans abstraction, the idea of the taboo is forming? Theres no real rhyme or reason to this post, just sharing information.