By Stephanie Kirkwood Walker
A photographic historical past of the associated towns of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, with pictures from as early as 1880.
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Queer men in these units were expected to hide their desires from public view. As the war progressed, however, and soldiers in cohesive units came to know and accept each other well, there could be less need for sexual camouflage. In the navy, long periods of confinement with shipmates meant that secrets were less easily contained. In these instances, the homosexual desires of some men could be accepted among a range of other idiosyncrasies. The closer the soldiers got to combat, dependability became a more important factor in judging men.
Many servicemen effectually spoke to the military and civilian censors in the body of their correspondence, thus giving them some control over a world that was constantly spying on them. 13 As a result of these circumstances, gay men who wanted to communicate fondly to a lover had limited options. The safest alternative was to bring the unit censor into one’s confidence and allow him to stamp the letter, indicating that it had passed inspection. Good superior officers often knew and respected the private aspects of their men’s lives.
In each of the services, official war artists explored the naked male body, which was on display frequently under the conditions of war. Source: an19710261-1188, © Canadian War Museum. cern with prosecuting homosexual acts, the courts targeted the desire of men for men. However, by providing a forum for detailed discussions of instances of sex between men, the courts could make such behaviour appear commonplace. To counteract this possibility, the rhetoric denouncing such immoral and disgraceful behaviour was proportionately inflamed.