A dollar store in Gimli, Manitoba in Canada has pulled novelty ‘gay cure’ boxes of pills from its shelves after parents complained.
‘Gay Away’ pills, manufactured by Toronto based company Laughrat, were being sold alongside other novelty fake medicines sold by the company such as Nagotine ‘for people who nag smokers,’ and EgoManiax ‘medicine for enlarged egos.’
The packaging for the ‘new extra strength’ pills states that they ‘stop the craving for misbehaving,’ and that Gay Away ‘cures gayness’ and are ‘for real fruit cakes.’
Instructions on the back of the packet state ‘just two pills a day will have you off the stick and in the bush in a matter of weeks.’
‘If after two weeks you still like your meat rare and find yourself still knocking at the back door, increase dose to 4 pills a day.’
A parent contacted CBC News Canada after his 12-year-old daughter brought home a packet of the pills because she had questions about what it was about.
CBC News contacted store owner Rachelle Mistelbacher who said the pills had been pulled from shelves because of complaints from other parents.
Gimli local Mona Johnson told CBC News that she was worried about the message that the novelty item would send to young LGBTI people.
‘I'm embarrassed, actually, to tell you the truth, that you guys found this in our community,’ Johnson said.