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Why are gay men not extinct? A discussion of science, history

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Filmmaker Bryce Sage, right, chats with Dr. Paul Vasey in Samoa, northeast of New Zealand, while making his documentary, Survival of the Fabulous.

It's a stunning question in today's day and age: why aren't gay men extinct?

If homosexuals are "born this way," then why would people with a trait essentially preventing procreation be able to evolve and survive generations of history?

Openly gay filmmaker Bryce Sage took this question as a challenge, as he set out on a multi-country adventure to complete a documentary on his findings. Survival of the Fabulous airs this week on CBC.

For the film, he examined the nature vs. nurture debate by having his brain bombarded with erotica and grilling his parents on his upbringing. He discovered the role hormones and genes play. He discusses natural selection with experts, and even learns about queer sheep.

Replay our live chat with sage and special guests below.

  • Bryce Sage is an award-winning director, writer, editor and performer based in Toronto. Survival of the Fabulous is his first TV documentary, but he is also known for his 2005 science-fiction short Decoding Aleil, which debuted in Canadian film festivals and on the Space channel. He also writes for several reality shows, including Style By Jury and Majumder Manor.

  • Tony Bogaert is a professor of community health sciences and psychology at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont. He has taught human sexuality courses, which include topics like the development of sexual orientation, for more than 20 years. He is the author of the book Understanding Asexuality.

  • Paul Vasey is a professor in the department of psychology at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, but he currently lives and works in Samoa, a country northeast of New Zealand and Fiji. He studies the development and evolution of male same-sex sexual attraction in humans at fieldsites in Samoa, Japan and Canada.
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Survival of the Fabulous airs at 8 p.m. ET on Nov. 28 on CBC's The Nature of Things with David Suzuki.

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