Happy Pride 2010!

I’ve posted about Iceland’s Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir before – she was the world’s first openly gay head of state.  And now she is the world’s first openly gay world leader married to her same-sex spouse.

Johanna Sigurdardottir

Iceland’s Parliament unanimously passed equal marriage legislation on June 12th. Sigurdardottir, 67, had previously had a civil union with her spouse, but as soon as equal marriage became legal she addressed a crowd of people celebrating the new law by saying, “I have today taken advantage of this new legislation.”

I still love you, Iceland. Despite some of your other woes, you are progressive when it comes to equal rights and all countries should aspire to that.

Happy Pride everyone!

Same-sex behaviour nearly universal across animal species

I hesitate to overindulge on queer issues, but this new scientific finding is really interesting.

For a long while now the scientific community has been stating that same-sex coupling is common among many species, such as bonobos, dolphins, and penguins. These are the most famous (not to mention cute and romantic) examples.

But now a new study from the University of California, Riverside, reveals that same-sex coupling is nearly universal across all animal species!

Read the National Geographic article. Click the link, if only to see the adorable photo of the female Laysan Albatross couple. According to the article, they “remain pair-bonded for life and cooperatively rear young.” Awwww…. See? Maybe there’s hope for us humans after all!

Published in: on July 7, 2009 at 4:16 pm  Comments (1)  
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