Stamp and official first day cover celebrating marriage equality in Canada.
Part of a special Canada 150 stamp issue marking momentous events in Canada’s evolution over the past 50 years, this stamp celebrates the passing of federal legislation that gave Canadians the right to marry the one they love.
In 2003, after decades of legal challenges, victories and setbacks, Ontario became the third jurisdiction in the world to legally recognize same-sex marriage, followed by the other provinces. Finally, on July 20, 2005, the Civil Marriage Act became law, making Canada the fourth country in the world and the first outside Europe to achieve marriage equality by eliminating discriminatory restrictions on marriage rights.
Concept & Design: Subplot Design Inc.
Designer: Jacquie Shaw
Creative Directors: Roy White, Matthew Clark
Printer: Lowe Martin
A personal aside
(Thoughts on designing the Marriage Equality stamp From my personal facebook originally posted May 10/2017)
Yesterday one of the coolest things I’ve ever gotten to design was released, so I have a lot of feelings I want to share~~
Subplot worked with Canada Post on the Canada 150 stamp releases which highlights moments from the last 50 years. The studio’s been working on this for well over a year now (it’s been so long I fully can’t remember when we started), and Liz has done a great job, but I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to design the stamp for something as monumental as marriage equality.
The opportunity for working on this stamp happened early on in this phase of design where topics were assigned to us by Canada Post, this was also very shortly after last year’s Orlando tragedy which shook our community to the core. A time where I had never personally felt so scared and broken, but also never felt more proud.
After Orlando my heart broke, as a young western queer this was my first real tragedy with the community, and as it rippled through the community, and I saw our resilience, my heart also grew. All the love for the queers in my life — friends and those I consider my chosen family — that are so strong, and beautiful, was magnified. The events of that weekend made me really absorb that in 2016 in a society where marriage equality — which for many seen a huge final frontier for LGBTQ+ rights — it’s still so dangerous to be who we are; and even still in 2017 with the current happenings in Chechnya (and globally, but with much less coverage/none at all), and the raising murder rates of our trans sisters (especially TWoC).
In the last year I’ve taken so much more interest in learning our queer/LGBTQ+ histories. I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on how horrifying things must have been during the AIDS crisis, our very close history, and how so many queer histories were lost because of colonialism and that people are fighting to relearn and keep alive these ways of being.
This stamp and Official First Day Cover was exciting and difficult to design, because it was so important and close to my heart. I wanted to create something that would represent all the people I know and love; how representative even the small personal community around me is of the resilience, strength, love and diversity of the queer community. I wanted to represent all the people who have fought, who still fight, and those we’ve lost in the fight for our human rights, and the ability to not have to bond over trauma, but that we can bond in love and pride.
I mean, it’s hard, and so I guess it could just look like we defaulted to the rainbow flag, but at least maybe my facebook friends will know I PROMISE there was so much over thinking and anxiety that was put into making this stamp.
Anyways, all this to say, it’s really cool to design a stamp for the gays y’all, especially with pride season just around the corner. I guess that’s a lot of feelings for such a small piece of work.