An exploration into the Canadian government's search and elimination of homosexuals from the civil service and armed forces.
Please note that this documentary deals with content including homophobia; depression; suicide; substance abuse; and sexual violence. Viewer discretion is advised.
Fodey, S. (Producer). (2018). The fruit machine [Film]. TVO. https://www.tvo.org/video/documentaries/the-fruit-machine-feature-version
Throughout history, many countries have discriminated against same-sex sexual attraction. This discrimination has included attitudes and actions. Some countries even have laws against homosexual activity or relationships.
At one time in Canada, you could be put into prison for same-sex sexual activities. In 1969 Canada passed a law so that private sexual acts between two adults was not a crime. This was a breakthrough in treating gay men, lesbians and bisexuals equally under the law but there was still discrimination against gay people.
In 1977, Quebec was the first province to say that no one could discriminate based on sexual orientation. Their provincial charter of human rights prohibits it. Today, every province and territory in Canada has similar statements in their charter of human rights. This protection means people who are part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community can live, work and marry in Canada with their rights protected.
Government of Canada. (2018, September 10). Rights of LGBTI persons. Retrieved from https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/rights-lgbti-persons.html
As a member of both the African American and LGBT communities, filmmaker Yoruba Richen is fascinated with the overlaps and tensions between the gay rights and the civil rights movements. She explores how the two struggles intertwine and propel each other forward — and, in an unmissable argument, she dispels a myth about their points of conflict.
Y. Richen (2014). What the Gay Rights movement learned from the Civil Rights movement [Video]. TED.