They’re both male, they’re not related by blood and the white one, Maki, is as virile as most he-cats I’ve known. The smaller one, though, whom we call Pssst because we can’t agree on a name for him, is more mild-mannered and more of a follower than an instigator. We have also observed how he often sneaks up on Maki from behind then licks him on the neck and behind the ears.
Homosexual behavior? It’s not improbable. Although still the subject of heated debates and controversy, credible sources in the scientific community seem to agree that homosexuality among animals is not uncommon having been observed in 1500 and documented in 500 species.
From National Geographic:
… some same-sex birds do do it. So do beetles, sheep, fruit bats, dolphins, and orangutans. Zoologists are discovering that homosexual and bisexual activity is not unknown within the animal kingdom.
The article also asks, “So how far can we go in using animals to help us understand human homosexuality?”
Let’s see… Bruce Bagemihl’ book Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity (main theory is that reproduction is only one of the principal functions of sexual behavior), often cited in the discussion of homosexuality among animals, was purportedly cited as evidence in Lawrence, et al. vs. Texas, that landmark case that struck down a Texas law that criminalized private acts of sodomy between two consenting adults, a decision celebrated in the gay community but earned the ire of conservatives.