The truth about lesbian seagulls

LeVay, Simon
October 1996
Lesbian News;Oct96, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p29
Focuses on a story in the gay press in 1977, when ecologists George Hunt and Molly Warner of the University of California, Irvin, announced their discovery of `lesbian' seagulls. Findings that lesbianism amongst the seagulls was not true; Why the female seagulls paired together; Sex ratio among the seagulls in the breeding colonies; Inherent nature of female pairing among seagulls.


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