Race or Ethnicity: White
Executive summary: Biological Exuberance
Bruce Bagemihl is a biologist, linguist, and author. Best known for his critically acclaimed book Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity, he has published widely on subjects ranging from zoology to cognitive ethnomusicology to queer theory. Previously on the faculty of the University of British Columbia and a consultant to Microsoft, he currently lives in Seattle.
Although gay himself, Bagemihl says he did not write his landmark book (which he spent nine years researching) simply because of his own sexual identity but rather because "the implications for humans are enormous." As if to echo this sentiment, his work on animal homosexuality was cited in the U.S. Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas to demonstrate the naturalness of male-male sodomy. The law in question, which criminalized sodomy, was ruled unconstitutional.
University: PhD Linguistics, University of British Columbia (1988)
Author of books:
Biological Exuberance, Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity (1999)
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