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Sat Jun 15, 2019, 01:00 PM

The Case for Gay Reparation

The New York Police Department apologized last week to the gay community for the 1969 raid of the Stonewall Inn, the fallout of which is widely credited with spurring the contemporary gay rights movement at home and abroad. Timed to coincide with Stonewall’s 50th anniversary, the statement by Commissioner James P. O’Neill said in part: “The actions taken by the N.Y.P.D. were wrong — plain and simple” and “the actions and the laws were discriminatory and oppressive, and for that, I apologize.” The apology is the culmination of a decades-old struggle by gay activists for recognition of wrongdoing on the part of the police — one that few activists thought could ever become a reality.

With the surprise apology, the United States has taken its most significant leap yet into “gay reparation,” or policies intended to address the legacy of state-sanctioned repression of homosexuals. Although relatively new to the United States, gay reparation has been debated and legislated around the world for close to two decades and is a logical progression in the maturation of the gay rights movement. Having largely secured rights once thought to be virtually unattainable — especially same-sex marriage — gay activists, especially in Western democracies, are turning their attention to addressing the historical legacies of homosexual repression.

Although there is no one-size-fits-all model when it comes to gay reparation, countries have taken three distinct approaches. The most common is “moral rehabilitation,” which entails a formal apology by the state and the expunging of criminal records of those convicted of a homosexual offense. There’s also financial compensation for loss of income and pensions. Finally, there’s “truth-telling,” or an official report on past wrongs that incorporates steps for reparation. These are not mutually exclusive approaches; in fact, as recent experiences show, they are often pursued simultaneously or sequentially.

One of the first countries to grapple with gay reparation was Spain, which is fitting given the country’s reputation — first won during the Inquisition, an institution infamous for burning “sodomites” at the stake — as one of the most hostile to homosexuality in the Western world. In 2007, as part of the landmark Law of Historical Memory, which recognized the victims of the Spanish Civil War and the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, including homosexuals, it became possible for anyone who suffered economic hardship because of their sexual orientation to seek compensation from the state and to petition that their criminal record be expunged. According to El País, approximately 5,000 people were detained and arrested on suspicion of being gay under the Franco regime. Many were sent to mental institutions to undergo “conversion therapy.”


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Sat Jun 15, 2019, 01:31 PM

1. Reparations will begin to heal the PTSD, the vicious violence, the shaming when:

Selected churches, politicians and other self-righteous loudmouths are served a nice, big, steaming hot cup of STFU.
In the form of, respectively, losing tax exempt status for spouting politics, paying fines for inciting hateful acts, and enacting hate crimes legislation that makes headway against bigotry.
Nice, hefty fines would make the likes of Charles Worley, Steven Anderson, Mike Pence, Michelle Bachman, Rick Santorum, Mike Phuckabee, Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint, Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, Micheal Dean Crapo, Newt Gingrich, Rand Paul, Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell pays double just for being generally horrible, Lindsay Graham, Thad Cochran, Orrin Hatch, Eric Cantor, and last but not least, George W Bush.
It's either fines or required sensitivity training, days long, for all of the above.

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