Humans aren't the only ones having gay sex in the bushes.

A Field Guide to Gay Animals

Hosted by Owen Ever and Laine Kaplan-Levenson

Strap on your binoculars and lace up your boots: A Field Guide to Gay Animals explores sexuality, gender, and joy in the animal world.

Hosts Owen Ever and Laine Kaplan-Levenson take you on a quest to see beyond the natural world as we know it and into the natural world as it is: queer as f*ck.

Homosexuality has been documented in over 1,500 species of animals. From gay geese and bisexual bison to lesbian elephant love affairs and all-male, all-whale orgies, expressions of same-sex action in the animal queendom are all around us.

Owen and Laine are your intrepid guides to investigate this variety of animal behaviours, exploring the depths of the ocean, the heart of the forest, and the bushes in your backyard, to dive deep into nuanced conversations about queerness in the animal world.

Cheeky and contemplative, curious and raunchy, Field Guide shows you the natural world is more exuberant, more joyful, and more gay than you could possibly imagine.

Coming in June 2024.

Official section of the 2024 Tribeca Festival.

Artwork features illustrations by John Megahan.

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After a Drag Queen tour of the gay animals at the zoo, Owen and Laine look deeper into the legacy of the book Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity, which has been their talisman throughout this journey.
July 11, 2024


Laine and Owen talk about helping children understand homosexuality in themselves and in nature, and learn the story of two gay, or at least queer-coded, bulls in literature and in real life.
July 4, 2024


Owen and Laine take a refreshing dip into the lives of gay marine mammals, and the liberatory lessons we can learn from our Queer undersea kin. With: Cory Diane (composer); Dr. Janet Mann (Professor of Biology and Psychology at Georgetown University); Dr Alexis Pauline Gumbs (author of Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals)
June 27, 2024


Wherein Laine comes face-to-snout with real gay animals, then heads back to the studio for a conversation with Owen about the evolution of zoos, the lingering legacy of the Victorians, and the ultimate supremacy of gay elephant sex. With: Eliza Zeitlin from Humble Pig Animal Sanctuary and Dr. Laurel Braitman, author of Animal Madness: Inside Their Minds.
June 20, 2024


In the first episode of A Field Guide to Gay Animals, Owen, Laine, and a 200-year-old gay tortoise explore the history of scientific research into gay animals, with the help of a seminal book that defined nature for what it is – queer as f*ck.
June 13, 2024

Official Trailer

Humans aren't the only ones having gay sex in the bushes.
April 25, 2024
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