There are LGTBQ2 activists who say that the new one-dollar coin marks a myth that homosexual rights have reached equality in Canadian society.
Released by the Royal Canadian Mint on Tuesday, Loonie shows two overlapping faces and the dates 1969 and 2019 designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality.
Although her intent was to symbolize gay rights, it has triggered a backlash in the LGBTQ2 community segments.
Critics say the decriminalization of gay sex for those over the age of 21 has overwhelmed gay relationships and they say people in the community are still targeting the police and the courts – including gay deals held up to the 1980s .
Historian Tom Hooper of the University of York, a member of the Anti-69 movement, opposed to the new coin, says decriminalization has not stopped the pursuit of gays.
The laws still contained exclusion clauses for the violations of gross imprecision and disobedience that have not been abrogated, allowing gays to still be targeted.
"No provisions related to homosexuality were removed from the Penal Code in 1969," Hooper said.
"It simply acknowledged the obvious – the state did not have resources for the police of the nation's bedrooms."
Things have actually worsened since 1969, says anti-69 organizer and historian Gary Kinsman.
"Instead of being able to love people they want to love, accusations of consensual homosexual sex have dramatically escalated since the 1969 reform," Kinsman said.
"People under discriminatory age for consent, set at 21, remain criminalized. These include not only gross indecency but also many other provisions in the Penal Code, including indecent acts, wandering, indecision and indecent houses. "
Long-time gay advocate and activist Brent Hawkes is the best friend of the organizers of Anti-69 and can not agree with them anymore, saying that "both sides of the coin have an important truth."
While gay was decriminalized, he said he was not legitimized.
"It was just one piece along the way, but not a big embrace for the gay community. The struggle for rights exists 69 years ago and we are not there yet. This (coin) recognizes 50 years of progress and activism, and it is worthy, "said Hawks.
"Still, it was a narrow but symbolic change."