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Peruvian Mayor Warns Citizens Tap Water Will Turn Them Gay

At the launch of a local project intended to increase access to water, Huarmey, Peru Mayor Jose Benitez expressed concern that drinking tap water would turn the town gay.

Paul Canning reports:

PantojaJosé Benítez, Huarmey mayor, says:

“Unfortunately Strontium reduces male hormones and suddenly we’ll be as Tabalosos, as other towns, where the percentages are increasing of homosexuality.”

Pink News adds:

The water comes from Tabalosos, a town which a Lima-based television station famously said in 2000 was inhabited by 14,000 exclusively-gay men.

The Tabalosina mayor, Jorge Luis Vasquez, said: “Young people have low self-esteem (because of) this stigma”.

Dr. Robert Castro Rodriguez, the dean of the College of Pharmaceutical Chemistry of Lima, told a radio station that strontium can cause bone cancer, anaemia and cardiovascular problems. A link with homosexuality has yet to be identified.

You may recall that in April 2010 Bolivian President Evo Morales made headlines when he made similar claims about chicken.

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  1. I wonder if the water can turn gay people straight...

    Posted by: Jeff | Nov 22, 2011 12:50:21 PM

  2. Is that the Peruvian mayor or Rick Santorum?

    Posted by: Bart | Nov 22, 2011 12:59:03 PM

  3. All they did in Seattle in put flouride in the water and I still turned out to be gayer than a picnic basket -- I also have great teeth!

    Posted by: Dan W. | Nov 22, 2011 12:59:24 PM

  4. It's a laugh a minute with these guys.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 22, 2011 12:59:38 PM

  5. OK, people. Where would you rather live? Tabalosos, with 14,000 exclusively gay men, or Huarmey, where this idiot would be your mayor.

    Posted by: Don | Nov 22, 2011 1:01:52 PM

  6. Jose looks like he's a brick short of a full load.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 22, 2011 1:18:34 PM

  7. How awesome would that be!

    Hey dude, let me get you some water...

    Posted by: chad | Nov 22, 2011 1:24:08 PM

  8. The stupidity of human beings never ceases to amaze. Peru deserves better.

    Posted by: SFShawn | Nov 22, 2011 1:33:43 PM

  9. I believe more people feel comfortable about homosexuality and not keeping it hidden. So maybe now is the time to have a real in-depth study on homosexuality so that heterosexuals can better understand gay people and this nonsense can be put to rest.

    Posted by: Professor Locs | Nov 22, 2011 2:25:01 PM

  10. You know whats full of testosterone? Semen.

    And guess what? We're all still gay despite exposures WAY higher than Doughy The Local Slug is exposed to.

    Posted by: Spudger | Nov 22, 2011 2:45:40 PM

  11. That would ROCK!!

    Posted by: Allen | Nov 22, 2011 3:17:01 PM

  12. WOW!! the most stupid, senseless, and acaic comment I ever heard!!!...WHAT A STUPID ROOFLESS DUMB ASS!!!!!

    Posted by: Nando | Nov 22, 2011 3:55:17 PM

  13. Ignorante, haz el favor de cerrar la boca. (trans) You ignorant, do us a favor and close your mouth.

    Posted by: Carlos | Nov 22, 2011 4:02:01 PM

  14. I'd be more worried about the cancer.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 22, 2011 5:27:21 PM

  15. @Spudger. Thanks for reminding me, forgot my daily dose.

    Posted by: sylvatica | Nov 22, 2011 6:05:16 PM

  16. I'd take a gallon or two, damn it would had been nice to have that water around in High School.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Nov 22, 2011 9:03:41 PM

  17. Those Peruvians are born geniuses!

    Posted by: jaragon | Nov 22, 2011 9:33:58 PM

  18. IF you filter any kind of beverage thru the crack of a mans ass..Then are Gay or will be soon after.Any other form of delivery or substance in the water..Then no you are not GAY.

    Posted by: AY3 | Nov 22, 2011 11:50:34 PM

  19. Josecito con todo respecto a ti, que te calles OK?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 23, 2011 12:06:24 PM

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