“When I came out of the closet I was blackmailed, threatened, even bribed. But of all the shocking words that were said to me, three stood out in particular – ‘It’s not natural’.”

The idea that certain behaviour is “unnatural” is often used to justify bigotry, especially against people who are LGBT, polyamorous, or in any way non-traditional. But is it true?

Antonia Forster is a bisexual, non-monogamous biologist that wants to set the record straight. What does “natural” mean? Can animals be gay? Are there always two sexes? Prepare to see the animal kingdom as you’ve never seen it before…

Antonia Forster is a science presenter, comedian, and rapper.
Antonia believes communicating science should be fun as well as facty. So stay tuned right to the end for her rap about the diverse sexual practices of the animal kingdom!

Music Courtesy Of: Matt Hutchinson https://soundcloud.com/mhutchinson

This talk is from TEDxBristol 2017: Dare To Disrupt. In a world of constant change and uncertainty, these are the ‘positive disruptors’ ripping up the rule book to challenge received wisdom, demand better, and transform seemingly insurmountable problems into break-through possibilities and new beginnings.

From making a big splash on single-use plastics, to a global campaign to end unwanted hair-touching, or a revolutionary approach to combining robotics with human creativity, we hope you’ll enjoy and feel inspired by these talks.

Watch all our talks here https://tedxbristol.com/talks

Our talks were produced, filmed and edited by a brilliant team of talented volunteers and pro-bono partners:

Produced by:

Mel Rodrigues, Curator TEDxBristol
Daniel Edmund, Assistant Curator, TEDxBristol
Samuel Williams, Hodos Consultancy
Barney Grenfell, Hodos Consultancy

Filmed and edited by Floating Harbour Films:

Richard da Costa
Ben Scrase
Tom Young
Dan O’Connell
Gareth Croft

With camerawork and production support from:
Steve Webb
Giles Edwards
Bath Spa University

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
Antonia Forster is a science presenter, comedian, and rapper. She has performed at Wilderness Festival, Kew Gardens, the Grant Museum of Zoology; featured on BBC Radio.

She performs in the Talent Factory, a Wellcome-funded group of diverse science communicators. She also lectures at science museums, zoos, schools and universities around the world; teaching scientists how to engage with the public. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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