The 2SLGBTQIA+ Purge in Newfoundland and Labrador

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The 2SLGBTQIA+ Purge in Newfoundland and Labrador


From the 1950s-1990s it was legal for employees in the federal government and Canadian military to be fired because of their sexuality and gender identity?
In fact, there was an entire section of the RCMP dedicated to outing 2SLGBTQ+ employees. That discrimination extended to Newfoundland and Labrador and this collection aims to tell their stories.

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"'...deemed necessary to discriminate...'"
Article that details how two women in the armed forces held a small marriage ceremony in Argentia, and were later dismissed along with several other women, as a direct result of their involvement or presumed involvement. In total, nine women were…

“Forces ignore outcry, expel Thornborrow”
An article discussing the discharge of Private Barbara Thornborrow by the Canadian Forces. The discharge was issued with the justification that “service policy does not allow for the retention of sexual deviates”. Private Thornborrow was surprised to…

NDP Fights discrimination based on Sexual Orientation
An article in MUN's student newspaper the MUSE that discusses a recent change in party policy for the Newfoundland's New Democratic Party that pledges to support gay and lesbians in Newfoundland and Labrador. As well, the party resolved to further…
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