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?
– ‘We were wrong. We are sorry.’: Read Trudeau’s Full Apology To The LGBTQ Community