In Which Y'r Ob'd't S'v't observes that, yes, in fact, humans are the only species capable of homosexuality since we're the only species with a word for it.
Every now and then on Facebook or some other forum, some good-hearted and well-meaning soul will post one of those provocative proclamations endorsing tolerance for gay people with the assertion that, really, "MORE THAN 400 species practice homosexuality."
I don't have a dog in this fight, but it got me thinking, cuz I do have a dog; have had lots of 'em, and I gotta conclude: Well, NOT EXACTLY...
Actually there is only ONE species which does.
That's us. No. Really! Dogs don't see a couple of male dogs humping and go all "Ewww, Fag-dogs!" do they? No, they don't. Only humans do that
"Homosexuality" is a word.
Afaik, humans are the only species known for using words. Thus, humans are--at least as far as we can discern--the only species to practice "homosexuality."
No other species knows what the fuck "homosexuality" means. So WE are the ONLY species which CAN 'disapprove of' it...
I can tell Budreaux, the pit-bull, that humping the the neighbor's dog looks "gay," but he doesn't know or care what the HELL I'm talking about; he just smiles and keeps on humpin!--not that he humps every dog he sees, either, by the way. Just sayin!
But the point is, to all the rest of them, them other 399 species--or however many there are--among members of which occasions of same-gender sexual encounters have been recorded, what we herald or deride or even just describe--in those seven intriguing syllables, and 13 letters, complete with neologisms, and acronyms, and all the rest? GAY! LESBIAN! HOMO!@ etc...???
To the other 399 species who do it, it's just sex.