Monday, July 10, 2023

Scientists try to find Queer Plants and Fungus

everybody is celebrating LGBTQ+, even a plant exhibit:
This autumn, we’re celebrating the diversity and beauty of plants and fungi with an inspiring new festival, Queer Nature, at Kew Gardens.

What makes nature queer?

As well as refusing to conform with socially-constructed binaries that science has applied to them over the years, plants and fungi have also been used as symbols for LGBTQ+ groups throughout history.

The green carnation became a symbol for homosexuality in the early 20th century, due to Oscar Wilde’s wearing of it, at a time when being openly gay was still a criminal offence.

Since the mid-20th century, the colour lavender was used to represent gay communities across the world.

Looking at plants and fungi through a queer lens sheds a new light on the complexity and infinite possibilities of nature, highlighting the vital importance of conserving biodiversity and protecting the natural world.

That's why it's the perfect time to celebrate Queer Nature. Why not join us this autumn and discover the true diversity of the natural world?

Biologist Jerry Coyne explains how ridiculous this is, if it isn't obvious.

1 comment:

CFT said...

In other news, If you aunt had balls, he'd be your uncle retroactively?

If only we could say human society should biologically be like something else entirely that wouldn't function or allow human relationships to be possible much less be the basis of inherited traits and sexual reproduction is something we should celebrate???

If you are going to celebrate 'if only we were not human', perhaps it's time realize you have lost far more than just your argument.

It's fine to admire the diversity of nature, as long as you don't confuse yourself with 'self identifying' with everything that isn't remotely like you biologically. That's just self loathing on a scale that should trigger some kind of counseling intervention.