What do penguins, lizards, sheep and humans all have in common? They all engage in homosexual behaviour. It has often been thought to be 'unnatural' but it is one of the most natural things in the world. It has been observed in more than 1500 species! At first, it was thought that being queer was a deviation from the norm - sex was for procreation according to 18th century biologists (their poor wives). But it has since been shown that sex is beneficial in so many other ways than baby manufacture and once you accept that fact, there's no reason sex shouldn’t be with a member of the same sex.
“Queer By Nature” is a one hour science stand-up comedy show that takes the audience on a hilarious and thought-provoking tour of LGBT+ animals and the evolutionary benefits of being queer. Expect laughs, single innuendos and whole load of fun sexy science facts.
Florence Schechter is a science communicator, mostly by making a tit of herself on screen and on stage. She is a comedian, presenter, video producer, trainer, and is also building a Vagina Museum because she apparently never wants to sleep again.
After graduating in 2014 with a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham (she really likes Bs), she started her science communication career. After building up a science YouTube channel with over one million views, she then interned at QI, the hit BBC show, for 8 months and was the main researcher for their app "Qiktionary". In 2016, she enrolled in the Wellcome Trust funded "Talent Factory", a mentorship programme for emerging science communication talent in the UK. For the past two years, she has sat on the Trajectory, Ideas and Ambassadors Board of Cheltenham Science Festival which advises on programming and strategy for the annual festival.
Writer: Florence Schechter
Praise for previous work:
Bunbury Magazine, *****, "completely excellent and it would be an act of utter foolishness to miss it"