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Royal Canadian Mint To Release New Loonie Commemorating Decriminalization Of Homosexuality

The new loonies will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada….
 
We can all agree that 2018 has been a dumpster fire and most of us are looking forward to 2019. The Royal Canadian Mint is already giving us something to look forward to: a new $1 coin design commemorating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. The design was approved by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on December 14.
 
Consensual Same-sex sexual activity between adults was decriminalized in 1969 after Pierre Trudeau, then the justice minister, introduced amendments to the Criminal Code. You might know his famous statement of “here’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.”
 

We don’t know what the new loonie will look like because the Mint hasn’t released an image, the release date or the name of the artist (their initials are RA), claiming it wants to “maximize the impact” of the official launch. Here’s what we do know: according to the CBC, a newly posted cabinet order described the design as a “stylized rendering of two overlapping human faces within a large circle, the left half of the left face in front view and the right face in profile facing left, the two faces forming one whole face in front view composed of two eyes with eyebrows, a nose, a mouth and two ears with a small hoop earring on the left ear.” Also said to be included in the design are the dates 1969 and 2019 and the word, ‘equality’ in English and French. The Mint consulted with two LGBT groups: the Toronto-based advocacy group Egale Canada and the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD), based in Ottawa.
 
This comes after Prime Minister Trudeau’s 2017 apology to LGBT Canadians for past acts of discrimination by authorities including the Canadian government. Former civil servants who were targeted found their careers sidelined or terminated for suspicion of being gay. (We covered this in a previous article). The apology came with $110 million for compensation for the former civil servants who were affected as well as $15 million for historical reconciliation, education and memorialization efforts.
 
Canada is doing a good job recognizing its wrongs via its currency. It’s a start but more changes still need to be made: a change in blood donation criteria, perhaps?
 
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12 COMMENTS
  • Phil Karza December 26, 2018

    promotion of any lifestyle is walking up a slippery slope.

    • Anon January 6, 2019

      Promotion of equality is not as challenging of a concept as you make it out to be. You’ll get the hang of it one day, I’m sure of it. Good luck!

      • Anon's logical twin January 8, 2019

        Life stye and equality are 2 different things. It’s a challenging concept to understand! Something you have yet to learn.

        • John February 12, 2019

          If there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation then stop pushing it on everybody

          • Nabil Peralta April 22, 2019

            Nobody is pushing anything on anybody. If you feel like it is, then you are mistaking your fears and doubts of something you have no power over with equality.

  • Jimi February 21, 2019

    One fails to see how refusing to interfere in other’s personal lives is “promoting” or “pushing” anal sex on Phil and John. Perhaps Phil and John should get together and work it out.

  • Kenny March 31, 2019

    When will this loonie be released? I can’t find the release date anywhere. I’m thinking June, which is usually Pride month in many cities.

  • Baily (MP.ON) April 7, 2019

    During an interview with CBS Royal Canadian Mint spokeswoman indicated that first strikes & proof sets will released by the first week of may 2019,

  • Don S. April 13, 2019

    Leviticus 18:22 – Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

  • Calvin April 16, 2019

    I’m ashame to be called a Canadian

    • Nabil April 22, 2019

      Fine. Leave then. I hear the states likes and panders to bigots.

  • Joan April 23, 2019

    Leviiticus 18:22 says it all. Homosexuality is an abomination agaist God.

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