OUTreach Committee at the Canadian Embassy

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April 19, 2019

On Thursday April 11, 2019, the UFCW OUTreach Committee attended a screening of the Canadian documentary “The Fruit Machine” at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. The documentary takes a look into Canada’s history and the purge of LGBTQ people from both the Canadian military and public service from the 1950’s to the 1990’s.

The lives and careers of these citizens were destroyed.

Michelle Douglas who was present at the screening was one of the persons dismissed from the Canadian Armed forces as “not employable due to homosexuality”. Michelle launched a lawsuit in 1990 which was subsequently settled when the military abandoned its policy of banning gays and lesbians. Michelle went on to be a LGBTQ activist.