Righting Canada's Wrongs: The LGBT Purge and the fight for equal rights in Canada

Category: Book
By (author): Setterington, Ken
Series: Righting Canada's Wrongs
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / History / Canada
  YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Science / Politics & Government
  YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Topics / Prejudice & Racism
Audience: young adult
Publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Published: October 2022
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 88
Size: 11.02in x 9.01in x 1.02in
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From The Publisher*

From the 1950s to 1980s, the Canadian government persecuted LGBTQ2+ employees and tried to erase them from the military, the RCMP and the civil service under the guise that they were a "security risk," an event that became known as the LGBT Purge. Those who were suspected of being homosexual were put under government surveillance, interrogated and intimidated. They were fired from their jobs. Many quit to avoid being exposed. Some committed suicide as a result. In the 1980s, victims of the Purge fought back with a class-action suit against the government that helped shed light on the systemic discrimination that members of the LGBTQ2+ community faced from the government and the rest of society. In 2017, the federal government issued a formal apology on behalf of the government and Canadian society for the treatment of members of the LGBTQ2+ community.

In this highly visual book, author Ken Setterington presents the struggle for LGBTQ2+ rights using photographs, first-person accounts and excerpts from archival documents. Significant events in the struggle include the establishment of Pride parades, the Bathhouse Raids, the decriminalization of homosexuality, the passing of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the LGBT Purge and the legalization of same-sex marriage.

While the government's formal acknowledgement of past injustices started Canada on a better path toward equality, there is still work to be done. This book would be a welcome addition to any classroom or library's social justice collection and will appeal to adults interested in LGBTQ2+ rights in Canada.

From The Publisher*

Until recently, Canadian laws discriminated against LGBTq2+ people. Those in the Canadian Military, RCMP and civil service were targeted specifically.

Biographical Note

KEN SETTERINGTON is the author of Mom and Mum are Getting Married and Branded by the Pink Triangle, winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Holocaust Literature and a Stonewall Honor from the American Library Association. He is the former Children and Youth Advocate for the Toronto Public Library and received the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada in 2017 for his work bringing children and literature together. He lives with his partner in Toronto.