Stan & Olli & Juan & Carlos

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Penguins get more recognition and acceptance than people. Why am I not surprised?

Two male king penguins, Stan and Olli didn’t quite reach the expectations of zookeepers in Berlin. Both penguins were placed under the European Conservation Program (EEP) to reproduce with a female in order to ensure a strong future for the existence of the species. It turns out the penguins weren’t interested in the females, but rather, each other.

“They’re gay, as far as we know,” said Berlin Zoo spokeswoman Christiane Reiss. “They never bred. And when it came to courtship, they only mated with one another.”

According to The Local, both penguins have been transferred to a zoo in Hamburg where they will be a part of an exclusive male community that’s also home to another gay penguin couple, Juan and Carlos.


In a country where same-sex marriage is not legal and gay couples have limited adoption rights, it’s nice to see penguins at the forefront of LGBT rights in Germany.



  1. rq says

    Poster penguins. Sad that humans can’t get the same acceptance and recognition. :(
    (Though where I am, I’m not even certain penguins would be accepted.)

  2. says

    Yeah, it is sad. People accept, unquestioningly, animals being gay. But when it comes to people, oh no, it’s a choice.

  3. johnson catman says

    Caine @3: I am not so sure that “People accept, unquestioningly, animals being gay.” There are many republicans that try to claim that homosexuality is deviant from the “natural order” of the world. Their willful ignorance apparently knows no bounds.

  4. says

    Johnson catman, you’re right. Of course not all people accept animals being gay, but it does seem that it’s much easier for people to accept being gay when it’s an animal. Even many religious people, because those animals don’t have souls, y’know.

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