In the 1960s, the Canadian government commissioned a series of homosexuality tests known as the fruit machine.
The fruit machine consisted of a series of questions, a chair resembling one you might sit in at a dentist’s office, and flashing images of mundane scenes contrasted with pornography that people in the ’50s thought gay people would like — think: half-naked carnival strongmen. Subjects (who were told the machine was measuring stress) sat in the chair and watched the images while scientists noted their pulse rate, skin reflexes, breathing rate and pupillary response.
It didn’t work, and ruined countless lives.
A study involving college students in the United States and Germany found that people who show hostility toward gay people are more likely to have same-sex desires.
A man saved President Ford from assassination then had his life ruined as the media outed him as gay
When a diner called a gay couple “fags” and asked them to leave, online activists made it the most highly rated gay bar in Texas using Yelp reviews.
In 1988, Texan judge Jack Hampton sentenced a man for 30 years for killing two gay men instead of life requested by the prosecutor. He justified it by stating “I put prostitutes and gays at about the same level … and I’d be hard put to give somebody life for killing a prostitute.”
In 1979 in Sweden, a number of people called in sick with a case of “being homosexual,” in protest of homosexuality being classified as an illness.