Mayor in Peru city says strontium in drinking water is making people homosexual

Published: November 30th, 2011 at 8:19 am ET


Peruvian mayor: strontium in water makes you gay, BoingBoing by David Pescovitz, Nov. 26, 2011:

Huarmey, Peru mayor Jose Benitez is reportedly concerned that high levels of strontium in his town’s drinking water are turning men gay.

Google Translation: Huarmey Mayor ensures that contaminated water may back gay people, La Republica (Peru), Nov. 14, 2011:

[…] Strong criticism has been the mayor of Huarmey , Jose Benitez Pantoja, who said his province water is contaminated with strontium metal and this can become homosexuals to consume the liquid element.

In a clear sign of ignorance of the subject, Benitez said that with the metal manganese in the water that the people of Huarmey, Ancash province, consumed and decreases male hormones.

“Worry Huarmey water has strontium and manganese and are in danger. Strontium and strontium latent unfortunately reduces the male hormones,” said to the surprise of those who heard him, according to a published audio RPP.

This recalls the statements of Bolivian President Evo Morales said in a speech when you can eat chicken again gay men due to growth hormones.


Published: November 30th, 2011 at 8:19 am ET


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32 comments to Mayor in Peru city says strontium in drinking water is making people homosexual

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Ignorant mayors like this detract from the real problems.

  • Hemisfear311 Hemisfear311

    What if gay people drink it?

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    It won’t make you gay…Strontium just causes cancer…Radioactive isotopes don’t turn people into anything but dead. There is no myth busting here Mr. Mayor.

    • Dogleg Dogleg

      Whew! Thanks for clearing that up Grampy. I was afraid I would end up dead aaand gay.

    • americancommntr

      For frying out loud, not all Strontium is radioactive, it is after all a naturally occurring element. Further, I am not quick to doubt this mayor. It’s just as likely he knows something we in the US don’t, since we have a controlled academia, government, and industry, and Peru probably has not been on their radar so bad.

  • Bobby1

    Manganese reduces testosterone levels and impairs sperm formation:

    The fluoride that is added to drinking water does the same:

    I don’t know what this has to do with becoming gay, though.

  • chaossquared

    Where did the strontium come from? Is it fuku related? Anyone have any idea how long before the southern hemisphere is badly contaminated?

    • Bobby1

      I think he is talking about stable, nonradioactive strontium, a naturally occurring element.

    • Grampybone Grampybone

      Peru is Pacific Rim and it has been 8 months since 3/11 so I am guessing with the change of the season some levels of strontium have been carried as far as Argentina. If there are any updated with maps it could show if the jetstream shifted and dropped any left overs from Fukushima onto Peru. If there are any current rad maps out that would help explain the mayor’s problem. It is around the time when the southern hemisphere will get readings of fallout considering how long it takes to circle the planet. The mayor needs a science lesson from Whoopie.

    • lam335 lam335

      That’s my question too. The homosexual thing is a red herring; it shouldn’t be this mayor’s chief concern. The real question is where this contamination in the southern hemisphere is coming from? Did Fukushima dump measurable amounts of strontium there? If not, then WHAT is the source of it?

      • americancommntr

        Lots of people in a town having their body chemistry affected by something in the water, sure is something a mayor is required to be concerned about.

        Regarding ‘the homosexual thing’, that has it’s public health concerns, too, but the eventual concern will be resurrection in an imperishable body, which burns, but is not consumed, and being thrown in a Lake of Fire, to suffer along with all the nuclear industry owners and employees who contributed to the destruction of so many lives and so much of creation.

        • hanaloa hanaloa

          you gotta be kidding, americancommntr??? right? just some sardonic humor, right? youʻre not actually saying that gay people deserve to be thrown into a “Lake of Fire” to suffer along with those responsible for Fukushima?? If youʻre serious, youʻre perpetrating a mindset that is parallel if not right in line with that which allows and fosters nuclear power and weapons proliferation. This forum is not an appropriate venue for your hate speech.

  • dpl dpl

    That explains why [Moderator: Good one to wake up to early on a Sunday morning]

    • hanaloa hanaloa

      People often confuse free speech, especially in regards to humor, with hate speech. Your comment demeans everyone on this site, as well as your intended targets.

  • vivvi

    something is causing it. what if he is right? TPTB will never tell us, simply because they like things this way. homosexuals don’t breed, and nothing is more important to the elites than having as many people as possible unable to breed. seriously folks, isn’t it true that homosexuality has only become common since the nuclear age began, and becomes more prevalent with increased worldwide contamination?

    this mayor is not being judgemental, he is simply asking the question, and it is a question that deserves a scientific answer, not just a screaming hysterical accusation of homophobia.

    • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

      I would say homosexuality is a natural response to overpopulation; it even occurs in the animal kingdom. When there isn’t a need to propogate, the drive to reproduce diminishes.

      Not to mention, modern society is not conducive to the traditional institue of marriage and family, where the mother’s main duty was to stay home and raise the kids. The conflict between career and marriage and family makes it harder, and women have more choices now.

      It’s not such a bad thing, just that things have changed a lot.

      • vivvi

        You must be kidding. A natural response to overpopulation? Being homosexual is not a response to any kind of population perception. I think homosexual people would be insulted by the suggestion that they intentionally turned gay to curb overpopulation.

        As for your second point, this has nothing to do with homosexuality or its potential causes. It does however make the point that modern society is so depraved by greed and immorality that the immense value of motherhood should ever be called into question. A society that does not value family and motherhood isn’t worth saving, and indeed is on a collision course with extinction anyway.

        The world is not overpopulated. The problem is caused exclusively by greed. Nuclear madness is also caused by greed. Pollution is caused by greed. Illness is caused by the greed of pharmacidal maniacs. The world would be a much better place if we had the good sense to rid our world of the greedy mother-raping bastards who consider themselves elite.

        • dosdos dosdos

          The world is over-populated, and the vast majority of our woes are because of it. Between 800 million and 1.2 billion people is the largest number of humans this planet can sustain without causing irrevocable damage to the ecosystem.

          • vivvi

            says who? if its crowded where you live, why not move?

            ecological damage is caused by previously mentioned mother-raping greedy lunatics, get rid of them and the problem is solved.

          • americancommntr

            DosDos, hey, you’re gonna get your depopulation wish, soon. Fukushima is just a pipsqueak harbinger of the Tribulation.

    • hanaloa hanaloa

      I am always amazed at the ignorance of gay bashers. This site is demeaned by this hateful and ignorant rant which is most likely fueled by distorted religious beliefs. Hate-monger trolls detract from the very real and present danger we all face on this planet.

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    Strontium caused them to come out of the closet?

  • stopnp stopnp

    Bahajajhahahhaah. Excellent. Thanks for the distraction peru. Fire yourself

  • westcoastguy westcoastguy

    When I saw the title of this post I laughed really hard lol

  • truthseek truthseek

    Stupid expression on officials part, Endocrine Disruptors Anyone?
    I was just speaking with my partner today about this,
    I have studied on subject from nutrition & diet.
    – promotional prospect – good information –

    Could be any number of things… like frequent microwave use
    liberating them a mixture materials into our consumed food.

    Pesticides another prospect, KNOWN / proven to influence
    sexual development, traits and preference…