Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved a dollar coin to celebrate the gay rights and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada.
The dates 1969 and 2019 will be on the coin, as well as the word ‘equality’ in English and French. . The Mint refused to provide an image or information about the new coin — including its release date and the artist’s name — saying it wants to “maximize the impact” of the official launch.
The coin’s approval follows new legislation that came into force last June, as part of Justin Trudeau’s 2017 apology to Gay and Lesbian Canadians for past acts of discrimination by the authorities.
Homosexuality was legalized in 1969 while Justin Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, was prime minister. The elder Trudeau had earlier declared as justice minister that “there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.”