Canadian Cold War homophobia, apology at last


This video says about itself:

Homophobia remains pervasive in Canadian sports

9 May 2015

New study suggests anti-gay attitudes are deterring young people from being active in some athletic fields.

Click here for the full story.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Canadian apologies for homophobia in Cold War years

Today, 10:57

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau has apologized to the LGBT community in his country for the hostile treatment of homosexuals in the government during the Cold War.

The prime minister focused mainly on civil servants, soldiers and police officers who were harassed or sacked between the end of the Second World War and the early 90s because of their sexual orientation. …

So, the governmental homophobia continued even when the Soviet Union did not exist any more.

From 1950, government employees who were thought to be gay were monitored and questioned on the orders of the Canadian government. In 40 years, thousands of them have been fired or intimidated so that they left themselves. The witch hunt – in the words of Trudeau – followed from the assumption that gays were more sensitive than others for blackmail by the enemies of Canada. …

Interest groups for LGBT rights have long requested rehabilitation of those involved and have now responded with relief to Trudeau’s apologies.

Unfortunately, quite some of the victims are dead by now.

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