The LGBT community has experienced a major growth in Canada in the past 7 months since Justin Trudeau got elected, Trudeau has attended two major pride parades to support the LGBT community, one in Toronto and just recently the Vancouver pride parade.
This fall Trudeau will apologize to gay Canadians for the laws that held them back to pursue their personal lives when it comes to the LGBT community.
The recommendations for the apology reported by theglobeandmail.com:
- Apologizing to people who were convicted of gross indecency for committing homosexual acts in the years before 1969, when same-sex acts between consensual adults were decriminalized. Those convictions will be pardoned, expunged or in some other fashion stricken from the records of those convicted;
- Apologizing to those who were dismissed from the public service, discharged from the military or otherwise discriminated against in government work because they were homosexual. It was only in the 1990s that the federal government ceased efforts to identify and expel homosexuals in the military;
- Eliminating the difference in the age of consent for sexual acts. The current age of consent is 16, but it is 18 for anal intercourse, which discriminates against and stigmatizes young homosexuals.
- Examining whether and how to compensate those who suffered past discrimination because of who they were or whom they loved. This could involve individual compensation and/or funding for programs or services;
- Requiring all police officers or others who work in the justice system to receive human-rights training, with an emphasis on the historic wrong of treating members of sexual minorities as criminals and on the current bias that all too often still exists;
- Providing similar training to Customs officials, who still are more likely to ban homosexual materials from crossing the border, while permitting their heterosexual equivalents;
- Implementing procedures to protect the dignity of transgender or intersex persons in prisons or jails;
- Eliminating laws, such as keeping a bawdy house, that can be used to criminally charge those who visit a bathhouse or who practise group sex.
The apology is set for those Canadians who were imprisoned, fired from their jobs or otherwise persecuted in the past because of their sexuality.
The government will appoint a senior official to co-ordinate and consult with Egale and other stakeholders on implementing the recommendations. The announcement of these measures could come later this month or in early September.
The Prime Minister’s Office would not confirm or deny the facts of this story. Cameron Ahmad, press secretary to Mr. Trudeau, issued the following statement: “We have committed to working with Egale and other groups on an ongoing basis to bring an end to discrimination and further guarantee equality for all citizens. We are currently carefully reviewing the recommendations in their report, and will have more to say in the near future.”
More on this to come…