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Thu Mar 24, 2022, 01:27 PM

Thunderhead design chosen for LGBTQ2+ National Monument in Ottawa

A plant-filled park with a gleaming thunderhead sculpture at its centre is the winning design for a new monument in Ottawa to honour victims of its LGBTQ2+ purge.

The LGBTQ2+ National Monument is a partnership between the federal government and the LGBT Purge Fund, which was created from the settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the government.

That lawsuit was born from the so-called gay purge, during which several thousand Canadians were investigated, sanctioned and sometimes fired between 1955 and 1996.


Besides the central thunderhead sculpture, the winning design has a path tracing LGBTQ2+ history and a healing circle made of stones chosen by two-spirit Indigenous elders. (Team Wreford/Government of Canada)



***This is stunning, imo.

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Thu Mar 24, 2022, 03:35 PM

1. I went to the link and that's a very nice presentation. nt

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Thu Mar 24, 2022, 03:46 PM

2. It is! I love it and think it is both beautiful while also being educational and powerful...

I must confess I had no idea there had been a class action suit at all, never mind that it was legally settled in 2018, Trudeau formally apologized in the House of Commons in Nov. 2017:

"The apology comes with $145 million, which includes $110 million for compensation for LGBTQ civil servants whose careers were sidelined or ended because of their sexuality, and $15 million for historical reconciliation, education and memorialization efforts."


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