Yes! Penguins are sometimes gay.

Everyone loves penguins, but not everyone loves gay penguins.

Gay penguins illustration from Queer Animals Coloring zine. Written by author of trans speculative fiction, Kes Otter Lieffe. Illustrated by Anja Van Geert. This coloring zine celebrates the diversity of animals and our beautiful queer communities.
Ⓒ Anja Van Geert

Since at least 1911, scientists have observed penguins “engaging in homosexual behaviour.” One of the interesting things about this piece of history is that researchers considered the earliest reports so shocking, the behaviour so depraved, that they didn’t want them to become public. So they wrote private copies of the report with Greek letters to keep them secret.

But the news got out anyway.

In the late 1990’s, in a New York zoo, two male chinstrap penguins raised a chick. Roy and Silo became penguin superstars and their story was told in a play and at least two children’s books.

To this day, this small penguin family is being used as an argument by both North American liberals and the Christian right. Who knew that penguins could be so controversial? We love them!


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Queer Animals and Plants colouring books

Queer Animals Colouring zine by author of trans speculative fiction, Kes Otter Lieffe. Illustrated by Anja Van Geert. This, the second edition of the colouring zine celebrates the diversity of animals and our beautiful queer communities.

Lesbian lizards, gay giraffes, bisexual red deer and sex-changing clownfish. This colouring book celebrates the diversity of animals. We explore some of the ways in which our beautiful queer communities exist far beyond the realms of human culture.

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Queer Plants Colouring zine by author of trans speculative fiction, Kes Otter Lieffe. Illustrated by Anja Van Geert. This, the second zine in the series celebrates the diversity of plants (and fungi) and our beautiful queer communities.

Asexual dandelions, sex-changing willows, boundary-smashing lichens and a fungus with over 20,000 sexes (kind of).
This colouring book celebrates the beautiful queerness that exists even in the places we least expect.

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Can animals be gay? Can plants be queer? Of course!

This coloring book celebrates the diversity of animals, plants, fungi, lichen, and coral. We explore some of the ways our beautiful queer communities exist far beyond the realms of human culture. 

Bring your brightest colors to learn about and befriend some of the most colorful characters in nature. This entertaining and educational resource was created by trans author and ecologist Kes Otter Lieffe. This book is richly illustrated by Anja Van Geert.

The perfect gift for all your friends who love queer animals and plants!

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