By Mabell, Dave on May 15, 2019.
Lethbridge will be one of 50 Canadian cities raising the rainbow flag today.
The ceremony, set for 5:30 p.m. at city hall, is part of a nation-wide recognition of Parliament’s 1969 decision to declare that gay men and lesbians were not criminals.
Today’s events are planned as part of a summer-long awareness project, “Standing By Our Colours.” The government-sponsored events in 50 cities will help mark the 50th anniversary of what’s being called “partial decriminalization.”
In reality, police raids and harassment of gay-owned businesses continued in cities like Calgary and Toronto into the 1980s.
“I am proud to acknowledge the rich contribution of the LGBTQ community has made to Canada,” says Pablo Rodriquez, the minister of Canadian heritage and multiculturalism.
“Canadians understand that if even one of us is not free to be who they are, then none of us are free.”
The Royal Canadian Mint has also issued a limited-edition $1 coin to mark the historical decision.