The Gay Bomb
By Mark Simpson
Look out! Take cover! Backs to the walls, boys! It�s the Gay Bomb!
No, not a bomb with fashionably styled fins or one that can�t whistle, but rather a proposed �non-lethal� chemical bomb containing �strong aphrodisiacs� that would cause �homosexual behavior� among soldiers.
Since the United States Air Force wanted $7.5 million of taxpayers� money to develop it, it probably involved more than the traditional recipe of a few six-packs of beer.
According to the Sunshine Group, an organization opposed to chemical weapons that recently obtained the original proposal under the Freedom of Information Act, a U.S.A.F. lab seriously proposed in 1994 �that a bomb be developed containing 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 U.S.A.F. obviously didn�t know how picky even horny gays could be.
Despite never having been developed, the so-called Gay Bomb is a bouncing bomb or perhaps a bent stick�it keeps coming back. The media have picked up the story of the Gay Bomb more than once since 2005�after all it�s a story that�s too good to throw away, and, as this article proves, it�s a gift for dubious jokes.
Mind you, it now seems to be the case that the Pentagon didn�t throw it away either, at least not immediately. In the past the Pentagon has been keen to suggest it was just a cranky proposal they quickly rejected. The Sunshine Project now contradicts this, saying the Gay Bomb was given serious and sustained attention by the Pentagon and that in fact they �submitted the proposal to the highest scientific review body in the country for them to consider.� The Gay Bomb was no joke.
So perhaps we should seriously consider probing�however gingerly�what exactly was in the minds of the boys at the Pentagon back then.
The date is key. The Gay Bomb proposal was submitted in 1994�the year after the extraordinary moral panic that very nearly derailed Clinton�s first term when he tried to honor his campaign pledge to lift the ban on homosexuals serving in the U.S. military and that ultimately produced the current �Don�t Ask, Don�t Tell� (DADT) compromise that allows them to serve so long as they remain closeted and are not reported.
The newly sworn-in commander-in-chief was successfully portrayed by the homo-baiting right wing�and by the Pentagon itself in an act of insurrection�as a dirty pinko Gay Bomb that was seriously weakening the cohesion of the unit and molesting the noble, heterosexual U.S. fighting man�s ability to perform his manly mission. �Why not drop Clinton on the enemy?� is probably what they were thinking.