by: Timothy Lalowski
Penguins are one of the most adorable animals on our planet, so what could be more adorable than penguins running headline news for the world LGBT community? Inca and Rayas are two of the newest same-sex couple to make headlines. They are currently housed in Faunia Park in the city of Madrid and have spent 6 springs together as a couple building nests together before researchers decided to introduce an egg in order to prevent depression caused by the lack of offspring. Inca and Rayas are two male Gentoo Penguins, which typically breed in sub-Antarctic islands and usually care for a total of two eggs each spring.
This makes the third same-sex penguin couple to make world headlines, preceded by Adam and Steve from China, who were reported to have made many attempts to steal eggs from opposite-sex couples, and Buddy and Pedro from Toronto, who were split for breading season in order to contribute to the endangered gene pool. Apparently, the world can’t get enough of these adorable little birds!
Many researchers and activists alike have created much controversy over this topic, battling over whether or not the penguins are gay, confused, unable to find a female or something else. My personal opinion: What does it matter? They’re fucking penguins! They are not bound to some human-made set of morals, nor would they have to the capacity to follow it if they were. Same-sex couples are reported all over the animal kingdom, with giraffes forming more same-sex relationships than opposite-sex ones. Dolphins do it in the blow hole! If the darn penguins want to make a nest with other penguins, regardless of sex, well, then let them. They’re just too cute to say no to.
So, let’s just watch the cute, fluffy, adorable birds pass their prettiest stones back and forth in their ritualistic courtship manner, make nests, sit on eggs, and raise baby chicks together. It’s not as if you can even tell that they’re both male or both female or one of each. They’re just cute.
Timothy Elliot Lalowski is a student at the Illinois Institute of Technology where he studies Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering with a minor in Architecture. Timothy is a founder of ItGetsMoreGay.tumblr.com, a G focused LGBTQ help blog. Timothy has also recently founded New Velocity, the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Performance Dance Troupe and serves as president and major choreographer. Interested in the Social Progressive Movement, Timothy continues to work towards his goal of founding the Progressive Design and Engineering Movements.