CANADA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau To Posthumously Pardon Man Imprisoned For Being Gay

The man whose imprisonment for being gay helped lead to the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada will be posthumously pardoned by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The CBC reports:

Trudeau intends to posthumously pardon Everett George Klippert who, because he admitted to police in the 1960s that he was gay, was deemed a dangerous sexual offender and sent to prison.

“The prime minister intends to recommend that a pardon under the authority of the Royal Prerogative of Mercy be granted posthumously to Mr. Klippert,” Trudeau’s office said in a media release.

The move was cheered Sunday by gay-rights advocates.  “It’s fantastic that he’ll get a posthumous pardon,” lawyer Doug Elliott told CBC News.

As well, the statement said the Liberal government will also look to see whether pardons are “warranted” after reviewing the cases of other individuals who in the past were convicted on charges such as gross indecency and buggery.

“As Canadians, we know that protecting and promoting fundamental human rights must be an imperative for governments and individuals alike, and this includes gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation,” the weekend statement said.

Trudeau’s office credited Klippert’s case for being “instrumental” in Canada’s decision to decriminalize homosexual acts between consenting adults.

Klippert spent four years in prison after a government doctor diagnosed his homosexuality as “incurable” and therefore classified him as a “dangerous sexual offender.” His release actually came two years after Canada had decriminalized gay sex. He died in 1996 at the age of 69. (Tipped by JMG reader Sashine)

RELATED: Last week it was announced that Trudeau will become the first sitting Prime Minister to take part in a gay pride event when he marches in Toronto’s parade this June.

  • Baby_Raptor

    Forgive me for probably sounding as if I’m making light of a situation which does not at all deserve such but I’m a little confused here. How does one “diagnose” a sexual orientation?

    • Reality.Bites

      By being in the 1960s, when it was considered a disease.

      • PLAINTOM

        Or being a religious nut pretty much any decade.

      • Baby_Raptor

        So they just asked this poor man if he liked other men and then decided he was an incurable pervert?

        Luna shitting moonrocks.

        • Reality.Bites

          Yes. And the Supreme Court backed up his treatment. (This was before the Charter of Rights)

      • catherinecc

        And when Canada’s police and security services used “the fruit machine” to root out suspected homosexuals in government service.

        We have a long history of very unseemly stuff – and unfortunately hide many perpetrators within our borders. One of the doctors who headed Apartheid South Africa’s program for homosexuals – which involved forced sex reassignment – came here to evade punishment and was even practicing for a time (at least until he was found touching patients – his wife tried to bribe a juror too)

        > Between 1971 and 1989, many victims were submitted to chemical castrations and electric shock treatment, meant to cure them of their homosexual “condition.” As many as 900 homosexuals, mostly 16–24 years old who had been drafted and had not voluntarily joined the military, were subjected to forced “sexual reassignment” surgeries. Men were surgically turned into women against their will, then cast out into the world, the gender reassignment often incomplete, and without the means to pay for expensive hormones to maintain their new sexual identities.[5] After the end of apartheid in 1994, South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) heard testimony regarding the controversial nature of The Aversion Project Levin ran while in the SADF, details of which were published in 1999.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey_Levin

        https://aubreylevinvictims.wordpress.com/

    • Mark

      The doc got a bj…..

  • another_steve

    Why does Canada have the sexiest head of state in the universe?

    • Capritaur

      Head of government. The head of state of Canada is Liz 2, and the hottest one, I believe, is Felipe VI of Spain.

      • another_steve

        Love me my girl Lizzie. Yes I do.

        But she ain’t no hot boy Justin.

      • another_steve

        “…and the hottest one, I believe, is Felipe VI of Spain.”

        Oh my…

        • Homo Erectus

          You might also consider a tasty Greek:

          • Homo Erectus

            Alexis Tsipras. So many Primes, so little time.

          • another_steve

            Who ever thought I would be spending my afternoon lusting after heads of state and government…

          • Capritaur

            Who doesn’t want to marry a prince?

          • barrixines

            Yes but unfortunately Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is already taken
            http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/08/27/12/2BAFAAC400000578-3212787-image-m-7_1440676019766.jpg

          • another_steve

            My Jewish mama wanted me to marry a doctor. Seriously.

            When I came out to her at age 19, she thought about it a while and then said something like, “Okay. Find yourself a nice Jewish doctor now, and settle down.”

          • Capritaur
          • another_steve

            Lol. My sister was a JAP. Unbelievably so.

            I learned much of what I know about snooty femininity from her, and tried to emulate her when I was a young queerling.

          • Reality.Bites

            Anyone with a knowledge of royal marriages?

          • Capritaur

            I think you’ve had enough biting reality, it’s time to take a vacation in fantasy land.

          • Steve Teeter

            Prince Ginger must be wearing boxers (or nothing). Briefs would cinch his junk in more tightly, and never let it bulge out so conspicuously.

            Not that I’m complaining….

          • Reality.Bites

            How do you know that’s not just what his junk looks like cinched in briefs and that boxers would make it look even more prominent?

          • another_steve

            Is that the Royal Scepter in his pants, or is he just happy to see me?

          • Well, one of his duties is to produce an heir, so ….

          • SilasMarner

            Oh Harry…swoon. I’ve never had a redhead but he could be my first.

          • JT

            I’d love to squeeze the oil from his olives.

        • barrixines

          Last year Felipe agreed to be the cover boy for a gay magazine here in Spain (even if unwisely he chose not to wear the beard.) So – hot and gay friendly

          http://www.eluniversal.com.co/sites/default/files/201501/portadafelipevi.jpg

          • another_steve

            Our gorgeous American head of state…

          • barrixines

            I was just about to type if you are going to include head of state hotties Obama has to be in there,

          • hudson11

            but oh my, being your president ages a body like nothing else. still hot!

          • ColdCountry

            …whoa….

          • another_steve

            A bit of young Sean Connery there…particularly around the eyes…

        • JT
          • another_steve

            My husband is into all the chazerai TV series and he particularly likes one called “Reign” — which wiki describes as “an American historical fantasy romance television series following the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots living in France.”

            Oy vay… the most gorgeous men in that show…

          • JT

            I’m waiting for a little man on gorgeous man action in these shows. Superheroes, kings and noblemen, let’s get it on! Magnificent men, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains!

            https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/00/bc/9a/00bc9a691c2104f6d0a301a6c3f1e1cf.jpg

          • douglas

            Yet filmed in Canada.

        • billbear1961

          Majesty!

    • Richard, another Canuck

      He is the real deal too. Here he is hiking the grueling Grouse Grind last year while campaining here in Vancouver. He’s a bit sweaty, but it’s a good flavour.

      • another_steve

        Richard, you Canadians deserve that hunk of a good man — what with putting up with us, your psycho southern neighbors, for so so long.

        Please forgive us, and wish us well during this difficult time we’re going through.

      • Paul Forsyth

        I know this is photo shop but still. My Prime Minister!

        • Richard, another Canuck

          Not a photoshop. This was in the news last year covered by many outlets..was a good publicity event.

        • Richard, another Canuck

          Sorry, your attachment was not there untill I refreshed..I do think Justin has a bit more meat on his bones, yes, this one of Justin wrapped in our flag is a photoshop of a fabulous nature…

    • Miji

      I would venture to guess that North America in general probably has the most attractive heads of government at present of any region I can think of or compared to at any other time in it’s history. Of course part of what makes Trudeau and Obama so attractive is that they are also very likable from a personal and policy standpoint. I’ll admit I don’t know that much about Pena Nieto in those areas, but he’s sure pretty.

      • I had to look Pena Nieto up….dang…my age and the president of a country! And he’s a little guy (5’8″) that is quite handsome. OK, I’ll stop being shallow now.

        • another_steve

          “OK, I’ll stop being shallow now.”

          Bob, have no fear.

          We haven’t exactly been talkin’ life, death, and the meaning of everything — in this thread. Lolol. 😉

    • billbear1961

      The Queen’s Majesty in Right of Canada is the Fount of Justice!

      La Reyne le veult–honi soit qui mal y pense!

      Vivat Regina!!

      https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9d/Great_Seal_of_Canada.png

  • bkmn

    Trudeau is wasting no time repairing Canada’s rep after Harper.

    • Strepsi

      He’s also honoring his father (who was Justice Minister in 69) and upon decriminalizing homosexuality, Pierre Trudeau said something that is now a part of the Canadian world-view:

      “There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.”

      Of course, thinking about libertarian small-government individualism, this should be THE conservative U.S. sentiment too!

      “The bill decriminalised homosexuality and allowed abortion under certain conditions. A related bill, introduced and passed at the same time, decriminalised the sale of contraceptives. The Act also regulated lotteries, tightened the rules for gun possession and introduced new offences relating to drinking and driving, harassing phone calls, misleading advertising and cruelty to animals…Trudeau famously defended the bill by telling reporters that “there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation”, adding that “what’s done in private between adults doesn’t concern the Criminal Code”

      • CanuckDon

        This is all well and good and I certainly adored Pierre Trudeau as Prime Minister but why couldn’t Everett Klippert be granted a pardon back then after his “crime” was decriminalized?

  • JT

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

    More of these please.

  • AJA

    Any Canadian JMG readers want to adopt a 29-year old American guy? I just want to be closer to your PM.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Things are getting better here. I can grow my medical marijuana. I can be a dyke biker able to go anywhere in our country unafraid. It’s not perfect, but I’ll take it.

  • Octavio

    The symbolic importance of doing something that seems too little too late is appreciated. It reinforces the progress made in Canadian society and culture.

  • oikos

    So glad Harper is gone. Elections matter.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Now if only some in the JMG community would remember that. We all know of whom I speak.

    • Richard, another Canuck

      Strategic voting helped.

  • ChrisInKansas

    Couldn’t you just see President Drumpf do something simliar?

    • boatboy_srq

      Or pResident Cruz, or Rubio or Kasich,…

  • David From Canada

    4 years in prison just for being gay?! That’s how bad homophobia was back in the day. The deceased should be given a medal as well as a pardon.
    I know of a man in this area who was given shock treatments in a hospital to “discourage” him from being gay. Years ago, our brothers went through so much because of their sexual orientation. It’s no wonder that so many of them, unfortunately, committed suicide.
    Those of us today should feel so lucky and blessed to live in a more enlightened time.

    • JT

      Very much worse in the U.S. before 2003. (We must all remember that it was only in 2003 that SCOTUS struck down anti-sodomy laws in the states.) From Wikipedia:

      Prior to 1962, sodomy was a felony in every state, punished by a lengthy term of imprisonment and/or hard labor. In that year, the Model Penal Code (MPC) — developed by the American Law Institute
      to promote uniformity among the states as they modernized their
      statutes — struck a compromise that removed consensual sodomy from its
      criminal code while making it a crime to solicit for sodomy. In 1962 Illinois adopted the recommendations of the Model Penal Code and thus became the first state to remove criminal penalties for consensual sodomy from its criminal code,[4]
      almost a decade before any other state. Over the years, many of the
      states that did not repeal their sodomy laws had enacted legislation
      reducing the penalty. At the time of the Lawrence decision in
      2003, the penalty for violating a sodomy law varied very widely from
      jurisdiction to jurisdiction among those states retaining their sodomy
      laws. The harshest penalties were in Idaho, where a person convicted of sodomy could earn a life sentence. Michigan followed, with a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment while repeat offenders got life.

    • catherinecc

      You could have gotten life in Canadian prisons for repeat offenses.

    • sfmike64

      The model was British laws that prohibited even BEING gay. That was what sent Alan Turing to eventually kill himself. He was threatened with prison for admitting he was gay. Instead he was chemically castrated.

  • billbear1961
    • David From Canada

      Thank you for the beautiful, peaceful songs and pictures, as usual. They’re very soothing.

      • billbear1961

        A posthumous pardon for someone who suffered a grave injustice is always a bittersweet thing.

    • Piercedchrlz

      Thank you, that brought me back to what is real and ethereal.

  • Bluto

    Can we trade Texas for PM Trudeau?

    • rabbit_ears

      Um, on behalf of Canada, thanks but no thanks.

    • Reality.Bites

      No. We won’t even take Texas in exchange for nothing.

      • billbear1961

        Man, you said it!

        • Reality.Bites

          Hell, we won’t even take Texas if they throw in Manhattan and San Francisco.

          (At one point we were willing to take Vermont, but, you know, Bernie Bros kinda soured us on that)

          • billbear1961

            If the U.S. goes down the road to fascism, RB, could we not consider some kind of arrangement–some kind of loose confederation–with New England and New York, the west coast, Hawaii and perhaps any other blue states which are loyal to genuine democracy and may wish to secede from the cesspit of Jesusland?

          • hudson11

            sounds great to me. all my fav spots in the US are on your list!

          • billbear1961

            We would be under no obligation, whatsoever, to remain loyal to a nation whose government has been turned over by vicious fools and traitors to GANGSTERS hellbent on GUTTING the Constitution and stripping MILLIONS of their RIGHT to FULL citizenship in their OWN country–to fascist THUGS and FANATICS resolved to BETRAY utterly EVERYTHING this democratic republic is SUPPOSED to stand for: Liberty and JUSTICE for ALL!!

    • billbear1961

      I’m sorry, sweetheart; no.

      • rabbit_ears

        Lets just keep the infection quarantined down there 🙂

        • billbear1961

          Yes, as FAR away from us as possible, Bunny, darling!

          🙂

        • Reality.Bites

          If only you could. Unfortunately, when the USA sneezes the rest of the world gets a cold.

          • billbear1961

            If the U.S. goes down the road to fascism, the repercussions will shake the world!

            It MUST NOT HAPPEN!!

          • David From Canada

            This will not happen if America does 2 important things: keep Donald Trump and the other Republicans out of the White House, AND, elect Hillary Clinton as your next President. She is your best bet to carry on Obama’s good works and keep the Democrats in power – Imperative!

          • billbear1961

            Yes, it IS imperative.

    • atchitamo

      Like, seriously man, what did we ever do to you to think such a thing?

    • Canadian Observer

      We’re like really sorry, eh – but we do not feel such a deal would be in our best interests at this time. Have you considered asking the Mexicans if they want Texas back?

      • Bluto

        Hey, a man’s gotta try. Love your maple syrup BTW.

      • Reality.Bites

        Hmm… that could work for Trump, “Build the wall and pay for it or we give you Texas.”

    • Yeah, but we’d just go and sell it to Mexico.

  • kirtanloorii

    Ah. Some good news for once.

  • AW

    I love this guy.

  • TheSeer

    Thank you Mr. Trudeau!

  • Henri205

    Civilization seems to be north in many cases. Scandinavia, New England…..okay so I’m partial.

    • NZArtist

      New Zealand?

      • Henri205

        North of Antarctica. Off topic but a place I want to visit. :).

        • NZArtist

          I’m doing the laundry for the guest bedroom even as we speak. C’mon over.

          • sfbob

            I paid a visit in 2002 and will remember it fondly forever (except the final 24 hours when I came down with a truly awful headcold just in time to begin my flight home). You are fortunate to live in the most beautiful place I have ever seen with some of the nicest people I have ever met.

          • Nychta

            I have friends in Aukland, and am assured the welcome mat is out.

            I visited over the holidays 2011-12. What a beautiful country. We did a lot of touristy things: Hobbiton, Rota Rua (my fave! loved the sulfur bubbling and steaming up from the ground), and the Waitomo glow worm caves. We also hiked along beaches and through rain forests. My general impression was that NZ is more humane and less reactive than the U.S.

          • NZArtist

            Not meaning to be picky, but if it’s your fave you should spell it correctly when you tell all your friends to visit. 🙂
            Rotorua, from the Maori. Rota = lake, rua = two. Two lakes.
            Thanks for getting Waitomo: Wai = water, tomo = cave (actually ‘to go into’)
            NZ is a great place. I spent much of my 20s and 30s travelling the world (mostly for business, but a fair amount of pleasure as well). New Zealand is where I’m happiest.

      • Hue-Man

        Looks “north” to me!

        • Mark

          When I lived in Queensland, we always referred to going to Sydney as going up, and to North America as down – all in one’s perspective.

        • This will make me sound like a total dork but one thing I really want is an “upside down” globe. I need to befriend some Aussies and Kiwis and maybe they can send me one.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Since there are many knowledgable members here. Can Canada claim to be the first country in the world with head of state participating in a pride parade?

    • Reality.Bites

      Many of the international news stories say so, although of course he is not head of state.

      • bambinoitaliano

        I mean to include PM and President. To me most royalties do not hold as much political power or political symbol as the ones who operate a country.

        • While it is certainly true that a constitutional monarch exercises very little direct political power, he or she does occupy a central constitutional position as the embodiment of the nation’s ethos and as the focus of the nation’s loyalty. With that comes the duty to defend his or her subjects’ rights and freedoms; to be, in the old phrase, the fountain of justice.

          Of course it is possible to dispense with a Sovereign for all this — in the United States, for instance, the people pledge their allegiance to a piece of cloth, and the fountain of justice is (or was until the other day) Antonin Scalia . . .

      • billbear1961
    • Pepón

      Didn’t the prime minister of Iceland, someting-something-dotir, participate? The mayor of Reykjavik did it even in drag, if I remember correctly.

  • Ninja0980

    If you want to see why elections matter, here is another reminder of that.
    Harper was an anti-gay asshole who did everything he could to try and roll back LGBT rights in Canada but couldn’t.
    There are people running on the Republican side here in the U.S. who wish to do the same but unlike Canada, if they are allowed to appoint Judges to SCOTUS and elsewhere and have a Republican Senate to back them up, they will do just that.
    Get out and vote this fall for whoever the Democrat is, period.

    • Reality.Bites

      Harper didn’t begin to compare to anti-gay American politicians. He pandered, slightly, and made a pretence of trying to repeal marriage – but it was under the Harper government that Canada became a leader in pressing for LGBT rights overseas.

      Try to picture a Republican government doing this:

      http://www.dailyxtra.com/world/news-and-ideas/news/canada-funding-global-lgbt-rights-110057

      • Strepsi

        You know why, because despite his best evangelical convictions, his two best ministers and most loyal attack dogs were GAY! John Baird and Jason “I’m too busy with my constituents to have a girlfriend” Kinney were closeted, but I believe tamped down the worst impulses of pandering to the religious bigot base, and brought in some interesting advances as you note.

        • Reality.Bites

          So do you think that poor straight guy in the striped tank top knows he’s touching a homo? 😉

          http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kVLBTenvYZw/ULrmiStpOQI/AAAAAAABTI8/oPtKkZu0EtU/s1600/baird_gay.jpg

          Let’s also not forget Harper was a realist. For all his evangelist background, he married Laureen Teskey in a civil ceremony and absolutely refused to consider anything that could be considered as bordering on considering a restriction on abortion.

          • In many ways he played his hard-right base as suckers. They emptied their pockets expecting Harper to end SSM and outlaw abortion.

          • Todd20036

            The guy in the striped tank top is straight? Seriously? With shaved armpits?

          • Reality.Bites

            No, I’m being sarcastic about him being straight, playing off the idea that Baird was seriously in the closet. He was in a glass closet like Anderson Cooper. You know the T-shirts that say “Does this cock in my mouth make me look gay?” Well this is sort of “Does this twink in my arms make me look gay?”

            And FWIW, tank-top guy isn’t shaved. Embiggen and zoom.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            John Baird’s queerness was the worst kept secret. I remember seeing him in the By-ward Market in Ottawa, even at the Lookout Bar on one occasion. But his real love was Toronto, especially during Pride and just afterwards. He could always be seen in Sailors with some younger male “friend” on his arm. The irony of his being one of the most bombastic and bloviating politicians while also giving and taking dick up the ass is just too funny to ignore…..that and the fact that he figuratively sucked up to Right Wing Christians. Personally, I detested the man for his obvious duplicity.

          • Reality.Bites

            Well he sucked up to them, but he never compromised on LGBT issues, unlike most closeted conservatives. He was helped, of course, by the fact that as toxic as the Conservatives were and are, they never reached the level of the Republican Party. There was always a significant number in government supporting equality and women’s reproductive rights.

  • davewolfusa

    Damn, he’s adorable.

    • TexasBoy

      Yes, yes he is.

  • kcken

    I got to vote for his Dad when I lived there. Not always perfect but damn close. I’m THRILLED his son is so awesome. And not that I’m worried about Trump actually getting elected, but it’s nice to know I can always go home to THAT.

  • Hue-Man

    Breaking News:Truvada to prevent HIV approved in Canada

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/truvada-hiv-1.3469836

  • billbear1961

    http://bajyeto.cocolog-nifty.com/photos/uncategorized/2014/01/19/elizabethi1_2.jpg

    Non sine sole iris

    Without the Sun there can be no rainbow!

  • Big thanks to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a small step perhaps but an important one to in some way respond to past wrongs.

  • DirtyPierre

    Just putting the face behind the name, George Klippert.

  • Hue-Man

    These pardons affect not only the men involved, their families and friends but also educate “Straight World” about the dark days that are not in the distant past. An excerpt from an editorial in the Edmonton Journal:

    “A pardon for Klippert speaks to the values that this country embraces in 2016 when it comes to an equal place in society, and law, that is free from discrimination for LGBT Canadians. It is akin to the Nova Scotia government apologizing to the family of Viola Desmond, a black Canadian, who was granted a posthumous pardon for her 1946 conviction tied to sitting in the white-only section of a movie theatre.

    Canada cannot rewrite its history, but it can acknowledge the wrongs of the past.”

    http://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-past-wrongs-should-be-made-right