Pentagon officials confirmed that in 1994 the U.S. Military considered and then rejected a proposal to build a “hormone bomb” that would transform enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in having sex with one another than fighting.
Said Edward Hammond, of Berkeley’s Sunshine Project, a watchdog group tracking military spending:
“The Ohio Air Force lab proposed that a bomb be developed that contained a chemical that would cause enemy soldiers to become gay, and to have their units break down because all their soldiers became irresistibly attractive to one another. The notion was that a chemical that would probably be pleasant in the human body in low quantities could be identified, and by virtue of either breathing or having their skin exposed to this chemical, the notion was that soldiers would become gay.”
The Air Force lab requested $7.5 million to research the gay bomb. And while the military says the notion was ruled out quickly, Hammond says there was more consideration involved: “The truth of the matter is it would have never come to my attention if it was dismissed at the time it was proposed. In fact, the Pentagon has used it repeatedly and subsequently in an effort to promote non-lethal weapons, and in fact they submitted it to the highest scientific review body in the country for them to consider.”
Of course the whole thing fits perfectly with the military’s misguided philosophy that having gay soldiers within the ranks leads to loss of morale and unit cohesion.