Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Jae Crapaud, Prince Edward Island

Fair address: Prince Edward Island Provincial Fair

Project: Operation Soap

In 1981 there was a series of arrests in bathhouses resulting in 306 gay men being arrested. The brutality they faced at the hands of the arresting officers was horrific and brought public outrage upon the Toronto police department. My project question is “What Were The True Impacts Of The Toronto Bathhouse Raids?”

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I learned about the historical struggles of Canadians within the queer community. I was fascinated to find the falsehoods surrounding the 1969 decriminalization, as well as discovering that this major event in LGBTQ+ history had been glossed over so easily.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Canada isn’t perfect and things can still improve. These raids occurred in 1981, years after the alleged decriminalization of homosexuality in 1969. Things happen that we don’t even know about, and it’s our job to make sure that we learn about those things.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

I’m fortunate to live in the time that I do. As a queer identifying person myself, I am treated differently and am not respected in the same way other people might be but sometimes I forget to be grateful for the rights that I do have. People like me were treated terribly in the past, as can be seen in events like the raids.

  • Lola Stretch

    Great job Jae. Very informative
    13/06/2019 7:55:57 AM

  • Nadia Carr

    Great job and good luck Jae!
    12/06/2019 1:28:44 PM

  • Maggie lally

    Great job, well done
    11/06/2019 8:45:50 PM

  • Jill Olscamp

    You did an amazing job! I’m super proud of you!! I’ve voted :)
    11/06/2019 7:58:27 PM

  • Rachel Lowther-Doiron

    Well done Jae!
    11/06/2019 3:42:32 PM


    I had no idea!! 1981!?! That's ridiculous and sadly, not surprising. Thank you, Jae, for taking on this topic. Recent history is often so surprising--we have so far to go--hearts and minds like yours will get us there!
    11/06/2019 11:59:38 AM

  • Sharon Gillis

    Great job!
    11/06/2019 11:03:25 AM

  • Michelle Prouse

    Well done! Visually very engaging and articulate
    11/06/2019 6:25:00 AM

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