Government apologizes for how homosexuals were treated

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre begged for the amnesty of thousands on Wednesday skeive Norwegians (everyone who is not heterosexual) who have been badly treated and persecuted for years. The official government apology comes in connection with this week’s 50th anniversary of the abolition of Norwegian anti-sodomy law.

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre officially apologized on Wednesday for previous harassment and discrimination against all non-heterosexuals. Photo: Statsministerens kontor / Kaja Schill Godager

Prior to April 21, 1972, more than 100 Norwegian men were convicted of having sex with another man. Støre said: “119 people became criminals and were punished for romantic relationships. They had to endure proceedings, criminal convictions, and prisons. They faced public shame and criticism. . “

“Through the network of sanctions as well as the law, Støre has made it clear that we, as a nation and society, will not accept love other than heterosexuals. The government wants to apologize for that.”

The Prime Minister made his remarks in front of a group of guests invited by a group of Norwegian veterans gay activists. skeive Other representatives of the community and the LHBTIQ movement. He served as his government minister in charge of culture and equality, with the addition of Anette Trettebergstuen, who is herself a skeiv. They both apologized for how different sexually oriented people have been treated in Norway. The sodomy law was abolished 50 years ago, but it was only in the last 20-30 years that tabs were removed and most of the sneaky Norwegians were accepted by society.

“Today, we apologize for our history chapter.” Mr. Storre said his career was hampered, his life collapsed, and many lost their jobs. He called it “a serious violation of our most important values: equality, justice and freedom.” It was just wrong, so when you make a mistake you should admit it. “

Leader of the National Gay Rights Group FRI (Free), Inge Gjestvang thanked Støre for an apology that many called “historical.” But he regretted that it was too late for those who were mistreated and could not live long enough to experience acceptance and respect.

“We know that there are many more of us who would have gladly heard this (Store’s apology) here,” Gestvang told the Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

Anette Trettebergstuen (center) poses for a photo when he was appointed as the new Minister of Culture and Equality in Norway last fall. Photo: Arbeider partiet

Trettebergstuen said the government’s apology was “not just to spotlight the fraud that occurred, but to all the battles that are still ahead.” The government’s goal is to “improve the standard of living and mental health of squibs. Conversion therapy is undoubtedly damaging to those who receive it and is banned.”

Norwegian police already We apologize for the arrest, prosecution and prosecution of a gay man... They also apologized in 2019 for police harassing homosexuals and spreading fear.

Others praised how politicians today cannot blame past injustices, but how they are now responsible for injustices, as the Norwegian Church did before. One woman called her a “very important signal” from the government that she must respect individual freedom. Jens Kihl, Newspaper Culture Commentator Bergens TidendeOn Wednesday, Stole’s apology was called “History Book Day.” Berglund Government apologizes for how homosexuals were treated

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