Article: “Homosexual Activity Among Animals Stirs Debate.”

There is a large body of scientific research discussed in this National Geographic article about homosexuality behavior among animals. While this animal behavior is well-documented in the scientific community, some people interpret it in different ways.

Supporters of LGBT rights may use the research to support their views that if homosexual activity is fairly common in the animal world, then it supports the argument that LGBT people should not be discriminated against and should the exact same rights as everyone else. Some types of social conservatives may not accept the validity of the research or may argue that animal behavior should not be equated with human behavior.

Labels are used in this RLE to organize information but they can also hinder knowledge acquisition. Consider the following points:

  • The role labels play in the scientific process
  • How the scientists in specific animal research projects use labels to categorize behavior and findings
  • How LGBT issues are labelled differently by liberals and conservatives