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1969 – Trudeau gets out of our bedrooms

January 26, 2010

During the same summer that Stonewall Riots galvanize the gay community in New York, Canada passes Bill C-150 – the Criminal Law Amendment Act, decriminalizing homosexual acts for consenting Canadians over the age of 21 . This is part of the Trudeau government’s movement toward more socially liberal policies. Prime Minister Trudeau famously says:

“There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation. I think that what’s done in private between adults doesn’t concern the Criminal Code.”

The nascent Gay Liberation movement points out that decriminalization does not necessarily mean an end to discrimination, and urges the government to end all discriminatory policies and to grant civil rights to homosexuals. Meanwhile, the movement encourages gays to come out of the closet and work toward liberating themselves sexually and socially in addition to politically and legally.

This video, from Toronto’s gay weekly XTRA, features gay Canadian MP’s – including Libby Davies, Scott Brison, Real Menard, and others discussing the impact of Bill C-150 on the 40th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality. Rob Oliphant calls it “the first major step is securing gays’ and lesbians’ full rights in Canada.” Mario Silva extends this event’s significance for Canadians beyond the LGBT community, saying, “It opened up possibilities for, I think, all people who believe in human rights.”

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