History and Historiography

The Bizarre Tale of Canada’s Literal Gaydar

Like most countries, Canada has its own dark past. One of these was the invention of the “Fruit Machine” – a real-life “Gaydar”. For 40 years, the Fruit Machine would be used as a part of the “Gay Purge” in Canada – an attempt to remove all homosexuals and other “sexual deviants” from the civil service, the military, and the Mounted Police, that would leave deep scars on its LGBTQ+ community.

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