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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.

Police Rough-Up Gay Activists at Lima, Peru Kiss-In


Police broke up and assaulted a group of approximately 15 gay activists who were holding a kiss-in on Saturday in the Plaza de Armas de Lima in front of the Cathedral of Lima, in Lima, Peru.

El Comercio reports (rough translation):

According to (fellow activist Mary) Vargas, an activist named Alicia Parra was injured when police caned her head and she needed ten stitches, while six others sustained bruises.

All of them have filed complaints against for police abuse, though many of them refused identification.

This was the third time the Mohl (El Movimiento Homosexual de Lima) organized its "Besos against homophobia", and the first in which the police used violence to disperse. There is currently is an open political debate in the country about the possibility of civil unions for homosexuals.

Watch video of the police dispersing the activists, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: Video with translation courtesy of Andrés Duques at Blabbeando.

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Peruvian Catholic Bishop Wants to Stop Hearing About 'Faggots'

Peruvian Catholic Bishop Luis Bambaren has apologized for remarks he made when asked about a civil unions proposal in that nation.

Bambaren Said Bambaren: "Why is there so much talk about gay, gay, gay? ... Faggots – that's how it's said, right?"

Civil unions for gays and lesbians are being discussed in Peru after a candidate for VP there said he would support such a measure, the Herald Sun reports:

"Bambaren's claim to call gay people faggots is totally inacceptable and constitutes an incitement to hatred," group head Christian Olivera said in a statement.

"In a country where we should all see ourselves as equals, Bambaren is encouraging violence by using a term that represents what is disgusting and perverse. Despising a community is not an example of what one supposes are Christian values."

Bambaren later (sort of) apologized: "I ask for an apology for everyone who felt offended. It is an offensive word, and (homosexuals) deserve respect."

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AL FRANKEN: Cornered by gay-hating Republican Jason Mattera about health care.

CONTRACORRIENTE: New gay film from Peruvian filmmaker Javier Fuentes León.

TROLOLO: The feline version.

SWARM: Palo Alto man attacked, carried away by butterflies. Obviously a very real threat.

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