The decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada may seem like it happened centuries ago, but Sarah Fodey’s retrospective documentary explores how Canada’s push for LGBTQI2S equality was met with resistance in the 20th century.
In June 1969, Canada made the monumental decision to decriminalize homosexuality nationwide. Now, more than 50 years later, contemporary queer voices from across the country share their thoughts and experiences about living as a young queer person amid these changes. While the legislation was put into action across Canada, prejudice against the LGBTQI2S community didn’t stop immediately. This film expands on how this historical act overshadowed the misconceptions of how the legislation affected the more vulnerable members of LGBTQI2S communities.
Told from the perspective of queer academics, historians, activists, artists, and community builders, Sex, Sin & 69 is essential viewing for all queer Canadians to help contextualize the country’s complex fight for LGBTQI2S equality and acceptance.