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Where are the gay animals on BBC?

Posted by Jim Lopata February 16, 2013 08:31 AM

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Fowl play in the Galapagos (photo: James Lopata)

A British academic is accusing BBC nature host David Attenborough of ignoring homosexual animal behavior in his documentaries.

The UK news organization The Sun reports that University of East Anglia Professor Brett Mills:

claims Sir David’s BBC documentaries focus on family values in animals and shun “alternative interpretations”.

Sir David, 86, described male chimps hugging as “friendly affection”, while male sandpiper birds filmed circling each other were being “aggressive”.

Mills told UK media outlet The Telegraph:

"The central role in documentary stories of pairing, mating and raising offspring commonly rests on assumptions of heterosexuality within the animal kingdom.

"This is despite a wealth of scientific evidence which demonstrates that many non-human species have complex and changeable forms of sexual activity, with heterosexuality only one of many possible options.”

Both news outlets said that the BBC declined to comment.

Science proves 'it gets better' for gays

Posted by Jim Lopata February 5, 2013 05:01 PM

As if the more than 50,000 "It Gets Better" videos weren't enough to demonstrate to bullied LGBT teens that life improves — for the most part — after the acne years, a new scientific study proves the point with numbers.

From USAToday:

High school students who identify as lesbian, gay and bisexual tend to face higher rates of bullying in school than their heterosexual peers. But a new study suggests that things get better for these young people, with harassment declining as they get older and leave school.

The improvements, however, are relative for gay and bisexual boys, who face a greater likelihood of being victimized than heterosexual peers.

The full article can be accessed here.

Out gays less stressed than straights, according to new study

Posted by Jim Lopata January 29, 2013 01:47 PM

A new study found that gay people who come out are less stressed than closeted gay people. The research, published in Psychosomatic Medicine and conducted by Canadian researchers, further discovered that openly gay people tend to be even more relaxed than their heterosexual counterparts.

The Telegraph reports:

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