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The us can't move forward on. Lgbtq rights without reparations by omar margie encarnacion encarnacion is professor of political studies at bard college where he teaches comparative politics and latin american and iberian studies. His new book is the case. For gay reparations. It is generally hard to know when a social revolution has achieved. Its goals in the case of the american gay rights revolution. However it appears that this is an easy one to call at least as far as the national media is concerned. The view that gay rights have been decisively one has become conventional wisdom victory triumphant. Gay revolution is one of the best known journalistic accounts of the struggle for gay rights in the us that books premises pointedly echoed by a twenty nineteen article in the atlantic titled. The struggle for gay rights is over. But america's gay rights revolution seems unfinished or incomplete in the absence of a national reckoning with the country's shameful history of systemic discrimination and violence towards the lgbtq community. The absence of this reckoning makes the us an outlier among western democracies with a history of repression of homosexuality in recent years. The idea of gay reparations. Broadly understood as policies intended to make amends for the legacies of systemic. Gay discrimination and violence has become something of a global phenomenon and twenty seventeen the british parliament enacted turing law a legislation. That conveyed an apology and a posthumous. Pardon to those convicted of gross indecency a criminal charge intimately associated in british history with the persecution of gay men. Since the victorian era it honors alan turing. The famed computer scientists credited with breaking german military codes during world war. Two and nineteen fifty. Two touring was convicted of gross indecency after confessing to a homosexual relationship with another man and forced to undergo chemical castration. Britain's example has been emulated by ireland canada and new zealand. Germany has offered financial compensation to those who faced prosecution under paragraph one. Seventy five the infamous portion of the german penal code that criminalized same sex attraction dating to eighteen seventy one. It also built a national monument to the victims of the so-called gay holocaust the unknown number of gay males who perished in nazi concentration camps as part of a policy of moral rehabilitation. Spain has pledged to wipe clean the criminal records of some five thousand gays and lesbians imprisoned under the homophobic laws of the franco regime. Given the variety of gay reparations available which one should the us embrace for the mattachine society of washington dc. The most prominent american organization demanding gay reparations. The united states should emulate the british example in particular the matter sheen's whose name references a pre stonewall gay rights organization that fought for acceptance of homosexuality within the legal and medical establishments.