Justin Trudeau To Apologize For Historical Persecution Of Gay Canadians

The apology is planned for sometime this fall.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to make a sweeping apology on the behalf of Canada, its past governments and its citizens to all those who were imprisoned, lost jobs or were otherwise persecuted because of their sexual identities.

The apology will mark the beginning of a series of reforms targeted at eradicating anti-LGBT discrimination in the country.

Spencer Platt

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an event at the United Nations (UN) headquarters on March 16, 2016 in New York City. In an announcement at the UN, Trudeau said that Canada is making a bid to take a seat on the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term beginning in 2021. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Recommendations for the various reforms were made by Egale, a national organization that advocates for sexual minorities in Canada. In addition to the apology, the group has proposed a number of other steps Trudeau's administration should take in righting historical wrongs made against the LGBT community. They include:

• Apologizing to all those who were convicted of "gross indecency" for homosexual acts prior to 1969, when all such acts were decriminalized.

• Eliminating the discrepancy in age of consent laws, which currently legalize vaginal sex at 16 but anal sex at 18.

• Distributing reparative pay for those LGBT individuals who lost jobs due to discrimination.

• Doing away with laws that criminalize group sex and other activities.

• Implementing laws to protect gay and transgender prisoners in jail.

Egale's recommendations came in the form of a report called The Just Society, a title that nods to the progressive leadership of Trudeau's father, the late Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

In 1968, shortly before he was elected Prime Minister, the elder Trudeau said, "The just society will be one in which the rights of minorities will be safe from the whims of intolerant majorities. The just society will be one in which those regions and groups which have not fully shared in the country’s affluence will be given a better opportunity.”

His son has carried on his father's inclusive spirit in his own leadership as Prime Minister.

Since his ascension to the role in 2015, he has established a gender-equal political cabinet, become the first Prime Minister in history to march in a Pride parade and expanded protections for the trans community.

h/t: Uproxx

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