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It’s been 50 years since Parliament passed legislation that initiated the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada, and the Royal Canadian Mint is marking the occasion with a new Equality coin.

The coin, which has already started circulating, combines the words “Equality-Egalite” and honours LGBTQ2 Canadiand and their allies who advocated for equal rights. It was designed by Vancouver-based artist, Joe Average, whose early interest in drawing and photography led him to dedicate his life to his art when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1984.

You can learn more about the coin here.

We’ve teamed up with the Royal Canadian Mint to highlight members of the LGBTQ2 community who have made a difference in the past five decades. In the video clip above, we take a look back at a few trailblazers who fought for equality in those early days and who have since passed on.