Rainbow Penguins

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Have you heard the story of Tango, the baby penguin with two dads? In the Central Park Zoo in New York in 1999, a pair of male chinstrap penguins named Roy and Silo were acting like a couple and even tried to hatch a rock. The zookeepers instead gave them an egg from another pair that couldn’t hatch it, and voila! Baby Tango was born and raised by her two dads. This practice has been successfully repeated in other zoos around the world with many kinds of penguins.

Tango’s story was featured in the New York Times. It became a book, And Tango Makes Three, which was a bestseller and also happened to be a frequently banned book the first several years after it came out. (You can imagine which groups objected to nature showing us that love is love is love…)

The penguins in my illustration are not specifically chinstrap penguins, but are meant to honor the spirit of the story. Penguins of various species have been observed in same-gender couple relationships for over a century. Some penguin species mate for life, some don’t, but all can show us how beautiful it is to be with the one you love.

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